Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Richards Is out for a Month; Ankle Injury Sidelines City Star

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Richards Is out for a Month; Ankle Injury Sidelines City Star

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Chelsea 2 Manchester City 3 MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini's joy at winning the Community Shield was tempered with the news defender Micah Richards will be sidelined for a month with an ankle injury.

Richards suffered the setback when on Olympic duty for Great Britain in the quarter-final clash with South Korea.

City initially thought Richards would only be out of action for a week, but the prognosis is worse than first feared.

After the 3-2 win over Chelsea at Villa Park, Mancini said: "With Micah, we thought it was a small injury but instead he will longer.

"He has a problem with his ankle, a big problem maybe, and it may be a month out."

Goalkeeper Joe Hart was also ruled out with a back problem which has also meant he is not available for England's friendly with Italy on Wednesday.

Mancini added: "Joe had a problem with his back but I don't think it is serious."

Mancini believes City will see the best of striker Carlos Tevez this season because he has had a full pre-season under his belt.

Tevez scored a stunning goal as City came from behind to defeat Roberto Di Matteo's side.

Mancini said: "I am very happy because Carlos this year has worked very well in pre-season and his form is better than last year. "Also this year he wants to play football. For a player, it is difficult when he does not play. Last season he did not play for six months and that is difficult.

"I expect him to be a very important player. He is a top player if he wants to play. "Last year we had Carlos for the last 10 games and it was important because he scored five or six goals.

"However, he was not 100%. This year is the first time in four or five years he has done a pre-season and for every player this is important."

Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were City's other scorers with Fernando Torres and Ryan Bertrand netting for Chelsea.

Mancini accepted the dismissal of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic late in the first half for a challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov was a key moment in the game.

He added: "It was a good performance.

When Chelsea were leading 1-0 we played better.

"With the sending-off, it was difficult to see from the bench but it is an advantage to play with an extra player. …

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