Monday 14 January 2013
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has set his sights on a return to match action in a fortnight.
A day after Manchester City kept up the chase of Manchester United with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal Rodwell gave them a further boost with hope that he will end his three-month layoff. Having signed for City from Everton in August, the 21-year-old last played for them against Sunderland on October 6 and has missed 15 Barclays Premier League matches after two hamstring injuries.
"I feel really fit - I've been doing a lot of strengthening work because I've been out so long with my hamstring injuries so it's taken time," he told the club's website.
"My first injury was my left hamstring which kept me out for five weeks and then my right hamstring started to niggle which put me back to square one.
"It's easily the worst injury set-back of my career because I've been out for more than three months now. I'll begin full training this week - all being well. Then I'll need 10 days to a fortnight to get back up to speed and I'll be available for selection again."
City have confirmed that they will appeal against the red card awarded to Vincent Kompany against Arsenal yesterday. The City captain would miss three matches for his foul on Jack Wilshere: the Barclays Premier League home match against Fulham on Saturday, the FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace or Stoke City a week later and the league trip to Queens Park Rangers on January 29.