Johnson eyes return

Midfielder ready for next season

Johnson: Comeback trail

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Michael Johnson is already looking forward to next season and has vowed to make a renewed impact on the Manchester City first-team.

The England Under 21 international has been limited to just one first-team appearance this term because of a knee injury.

He only returned to training last October after 12 months out with an abdominal injury.

But then just a month into his return he sustained a serious knee injury which ended his season.

"I think having recovered from a serious injury before means that this time I am a little more experienced and can deal with the frustrations much better," said the 22-year-old.

"No player wants to have to go through such a long recovery and it has just been bad luck that I have had two in a row early in my career.

"There's no point looking back now, what's happened has happened and all I can do is keep working hard and stay positive and that is what I am doing.

"I went down to see the surgeon for my 12-week check up just a few weeks ago and he gave me the all clear. It looks as though the surgery has been very successful.

"The graft was strong and he told me to start building up my running now and start strengthening my knee again day-by-day.

"It's just a matter of time, patience and hard work now. If everything goes to plan I am looking at the start of next season to be hopefully joining in with training sessions again.

"I'm very positive, the timing of pre-season gives me a really good target and I'm very confident that I can make it. I suppose the rest of the team can't think about the next season yet but that's certainly what I'm thinking about."