Richards returns to training

Injury not as bad as first feared

Richards: Returns to action

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards is back in training, despite limping off during the 2-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was forced off in the second half at Eastlands after damaging his knee, and he initially thought that he had suffered a serious injury.

However, Richards has made a quicker recovery than expected and trained on Tuesday ahead of City's league trip to Bolton at the weekend.

"I heard a crack and then the knee gave way and for a moment I thought it was really serious," he told the club's official website.

"It was a bit of a worry because it was the right knee, the one on which I had an operation last season. But the pain subsided and fortunately I am fit to train again.

"That is great news because no one wants to miss out. We feel that last week has given us great momentum.

"The two team performances against Arsenal (3-0) and Chelsea were amongst the best for a long time. Everyone was playing well at the same time.

"There was a real determination about our play and we want to go on and use that as a platform for more success."

Richards has started nine Premier League games so far this season and will be keen not to miss out with the amount of talent waiting in the wings at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Meanwhile, Wayne Bridge will be out for between two and three weeks after being stretchered off during the Chelsea victory.

Bridge clashed with Juliano Belletti but his knee injury is not worse than originally feared.

City boss Mark Hughes is also boosted by the return to fitness of Stephen Ireland, while Craig Bellamy is expected to return to training later in the week.