Weaver targets loan move

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Nicky Weaver has made his long-awaited return from a knee injury but is targeting a loan move away from Manchester City.

The former England Under-21 international is desperate to make up for lost time and is keen to get back in shape in order to challenge David James for the first team spot.

After five operations to repair his damaged knee, Weaver featured in the 4-1 reserve team defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Morecambe.

"I had my entire cartilage removed and had the cartilage of a dead person put into my knee," he told Sky Sports News.

"Perhaps it sounds worse than what it is but it was a major operation.

"It's been a long road back but I've taken a big step tonight.

"Possibly, I might have to go out on loan in the New Year, which will be good for me to get some first team games under my belt."

Weaver was not concerned with the defeat to Rovers' second string, as he overcame the first psychological barrier of competing again in an organised match situation.

"I could have enjoyed conceding 10 goals tonight because there are times when you think perhaps you are not going to make it to this point," he admitted.

"It would have been nice to win and maybe keep a clean sheet.

"But the main thing for me is to get through it and I feel fine."