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Rodwell boosts Man City with talk of return by month end

Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell is delighted to be finally putting his injury nightmare behind him. The 21 year old joined City from Everton last summer but hamstring problems have limited him to six appearances, the last of which came on 6 October.

"It's easily the worst injury setback of my career as I've been out for more than three months now," Rodwell said.

"It's been frustrating and, like most players, I'm not the best spectator in the world - but I'm almost there now."

Rodwell expects to be available to City boss Roberto Mancini by the end of January.

"I feel really fit - I've been doing a lot of strengthening work because I've been out for so long with my hamstring injuries," he told Manchester City's website.

"My first injury was my left hamstring, which kept me out for five weeks, and then my right hamstring started to niggle.

"I feel like my career here hasn't really got started yet, even though I feel really settled.

"I'll begin full training this week - all being well. Then I'll need 10 days to a fortnight to get back up to speed and will be available for selection again."

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