Manchester City defender Micah Richards may not be as badly injured as originally thought, after the 22 year old was stretchered off with a hamstring injury in an England under 21 clash with Denmark yesterday.
Richards reportedly told England under 21s manager Stuart Pearce he believed he’d be out for at least a month, and would miss the FA Cup semi final derby between Manchester City and United.
But Pearce told reporters that Richards had diagnosed his own injury, and it could very well heal a lot quicker than the Manchester City defender thinks.
"He's got a hamstring problem and he's diagnosed himself as being out for four weeks - that's Dr Richards for you," Pearce joked. "That could be four days though, as that's him diagnosing himself!
"Let's hope for Manchester City's sake and the preparation in the summer that it's not too long."
Richards’s injury will be a huge blow for the side, who are currently fourth on the Barclays Premier League table and will be fighting to qualify for Champions League with Tottenham biting at their heels.
Roberto Mancini was recently criticised for allowing too many Manchester City players out on loan, with the manager defending his policy despite a growing injury list for City.
"If there are some players who want to leave because they wish to play every game, it is difficult," he told reporters.
"Should two or three players leave the club, you could buy two or three more.
"But we didn't think four or five important players would get injured in the space of 20 days."