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Tuesday 30 October 2012

Man City defender Richards facing up to four months on sidelines

The 24-year-old has surgery on right knee; Wayne Rooney nominated for Ballon D'Or award

  • Micah Richards left the Etihad Stadium on a stretcher on Saturday

Manchester City defender Micah Richards is set to be out of action for up to four months after having surgery on his right knee.

"I am probably looking at 12 to 16 weeks before I am back in action"
Micah Richards

The injury occurred towards the end of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League and is another setback for Richards who missed the start of the season with an ankle problem sustained playing for Great Britain during the London 2012 Olympics.

"The positive thing is that the injury has been repaired so the knee will be as good as new," Richards told the club's official website. "I have a brace on it and I am using crutches.

"I can't do anything at all for the next four to six weeks and I am probably looking at 12 to 16 weeks before I am back in action. I knew straight away in the game that it was quite a bad injury. The knee locked and I couldn't straighten it.  
"I suppose it could have been even worse and not repairable which would have meant removing the meniscus; so I am being positive. Injuries are all part and parcel of the job."
Richards made his return this month in the 3-0 win at home to Sunderland but after just three further appearances he has been sidelined again.

Rooney nominated for Ballon d'Or

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been included on the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon D'Or, which was announced by FIFA. He is one of five players in the Barclays Premier League to be nominated.

The others are Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure, while Rooney’s new team-mate Robin van Persie, who was the highest scorer in the Barclays Premier League last season with Arsenal is also included.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who helped his side to their first Champions League trophy as well as the FA Cup, also features.

Roberto Mancini, who led City to the Barclays Premier League title, has been nominated in the coach-of-the-year category, along with his United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Player nominees: Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Mario Balotelli (Italy), Karim Benzema (France), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Gerard Pique (Spain), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), Robin van Persie (Holland), Xavi (Spain).

Coach nominees: Vicente del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Roberto Di Matteo (Italy/Chelsea), Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Barcelona former coach), Jupp Heynckes (Germany/Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Low (Germany/Germany national team), Roberto Mancini (Italy/Manchester City), Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid), Cesare Prandelli (Italy/Italy national team).

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Key Points

  • Micah Richards could be out for up to four months after surgery on his right knee
  • The Manchester City defender was injured against Swansea City
  • Wayne Rooney among five Barclays Premier League players nominated for Ballon D'Or