Jack Rodwell limped off the pitch at Villa Park during Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League last Monday, after the reoccurrence of an injury that has sidelined him for most of this season.

 

The 22-year-old believes he could be back in training at the end of the month at the latest, after initial doubts he wouldn't play again in 2012/13.

 

The midfielder admits he was devastated at the time but believes he will be back sooner than first thought.

 

"I felt a jabbing pain just before I took a shot at Villa Park and I knew straight away I had a problem," he told Manchester City's official website.

 

"I decided to shoot anyway and stayed on for the corner to see if I could maybe nick us a goal, but it was pointless carrying on after that."

 

Rodwell emphasised how much he despises having to walk away from matches prematurely.

 

"It's really hard coming off the pitch in front of 33,000 people and I was obviously upset, but it has happened before and happens to players all the time."

 

Rodwell is undergoing intensive treatment at Manchester City's training ground, and is confident he could be back in a fortnight.

 

"Obviously you don't want to tempt fate but I'm not looking at this as a lengthy absence and I hope to be back in a couple of weeks.

 

"I've come a long way and feel so much stronger than I did 12 months ago, and that's credit to the medical staff and physiotherapists we have at City."

 

After putting in two fine performances against Chelsea and Aston Villa, Rodwell will be hoping to return for City's home encounter with Newcastle United on May 30.

 

The setback does however rule him out of Manchester City's next Premier League opponents Everton, his former employers.

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