Micah Richards is confident he will be fit for the weekend's visit of Wigan Athletic, despite limping out of the England camp with a slight twinge to his hamstring.
The Manchester City defender pulled out of the squad as a precautionary measure in order to give himself every chance of being ready when the Blues return to Barclays Premier League action on Saturday, and will continue some light training at Carrington.
"I felt a bit of tightness in the hamstring and it is not something I want to take any chances with," explained Richards. "I missed some games last season with a similar problem and thought it best to be as cautious as possible.
"I have had the injury looked at and I am confident I will be available for the Wigan game at the weekend. No one wants to miss a minute of the season after the start we have had."
Richards also took the opportunity to welcome back fellow defender Kolo Toure into the fold following his return from a six-month ban, and revealed how the increase in player numbers, twinned with the team's impressive early-season form has given training an added edge.
"Kolo looks fresh and in the kind of form that made him such an awesome central defender when Arsenal were at the top of their game," he continued.
"Training has gone to another level this season. There is such competition for places and we all want to be a part of the team that hopefully builds on the FA Cup success.
"It is only three games and we are not getting carried away. Our feet are firmly on the ground but we want to keep going. We have played some magical stuff so far."
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