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Richards expected back ahead of schedule for Man City

Manchester City defender Micah Richards' knee injury will keep him out for just four weeks, according to boss Roberto Mancini. Initial reports suggested he had torn a meniscus in his right knee with a recovery time of four months.

But at his press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to West Ham, Mancini revealed the right-back could even return before the end of November.

He said: "I think maybe - it is my opinion - three or four weeks. I read three months but I don't know why. One month - maximum.

"It is not bad. Maybe in three or four weeks he can start to play. He put only two stitches in his knee. For this reason, maybe four weeks."

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