Manchester City's Micah Richards doesn't think he'll be involved in the FA Cup final despite coming his comeback after a five-month layoff.
Richards has been a bit of a forgotten man this Premier League campaign. The defender has spent a lot this season on the treatment table at Roberto Mancini's Manchester City and has only made six appearances for the first team this year. The promising England international sustained a knee injury against Swansea at the Etihad Stadium back in October 2012.
The 24-year-old had his cartilage stitched and repaired rather than removed which is why the powerful defender's comeback has been closely monitored and planned. It's been a nightmare season for Richards who first got injured representing Team GB at London 2012 Olympics. Although, Richards did captain the Citizens on their win over WBA on Tuesday he doesn't think he'll get the nod for the FA Cup final against strugglers Wigan Athletic.
The defender told the official club website: "I've not played any part in the FA cup this season, so to play or even be on the bench I think would be harsh on the lads who have worked hard this season to get there," he said after the game.
"I'll be there supporting them and I'll travel down with the boys and wish them all the best. I think they deserve it. We haven't played the best football this season - certainly not like last season - but I think we definitely deserve to win the FA Cup."
He added: "I'm fitter now and I feel a little bit sharper than my first time out against Wigan in the league.
"To be fair, I'd only played 90 minutes, and 60 minutes at centre-half with the reserves. You know the running you have got to do in this team at full-back is hard, and I did find it hard."
Rumours are circulating about the future of Richards at Man City after Pablo Zabaleta's superb season which saw him named in the PFA team of the season. But the versatile defender explained he's still a true Manchester blue: "I have been here for 10 years now and I want to be here another 10 years, whether playing or in the squad"
"I just want to be here and will only keep giving 100%. Pablo Zabaleta has had an outstanding season, so I will have to bide my time, but when given my chance I will try to take it."