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Johnson set for City return

Youngster set for comeback after seven-month absence

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Man City have received a welcome boost with the news that midfielder Michael Johnson is set to return after a seven-month absence.

The 21-year-old is set to make his comeback for the reserves at Middlesbrough on Tuesday after recovering sufficiently from a long-standing groin injury.

The player has only made eight appearances this term after being sidelined since September with the problem.

Welcoming his impending return, City boss Mark Hughes said: "He has got to the point now where he is comfortable with the pain he will work with.

"He's had a frustrating kind of injury that young players sometimes find difficult to cope with - they just want to play."