Manchester City’s Micah Richards is set to miss the FA Cup semi-final with United after a scan on his hamstring revealed a grade two tear.
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The 22-year-old had hoped to be fit for the April 16 date at Wembley after sustaining the injury on England Under-21 duty last week – but he is expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks.
Richards told the club’s website: "It is not what I wanted to hear at all. I felt sick when I was told. I knew from experience when I did it that it felt like a bad one but I was hoping for the best.
"All I can do now is concentrate on getting back as quickly as possible. I must admit I did think ‘why me?’ for a while when I heard the news.
"Of all the games to miss, a Wembley date with United is the last one any player would choose."