McLeish: Faddy not far away

McFadden is stepping up his rehabilitation work, with boss Alex

McLeish admitting City have missed the quality of the Scottish

international this season. But he will resist the temptation to

rush the former Everton player back into action before he has made

a full recovery. McLeish said: “Faddy is doing some work with the

physio on the training field and he’s at a good level. The healing

process of the ligament is nearly complete. “He is not far away and

once the specialist scans him again and says the ligament is now

healed completely, he’ll make the push. “It would be a big boost to

have him back. The more the merrier. But we will make sure he is

right. “His first season here he was tremendous, then got a knee

injury, came back and wasn’t at the same level because he hadn’t

quite healed.” McLeish added: “You always miss a player like James

McFadden and the options that he can give you. “He is a fantastic

talent. I thought this year was going to be his year because last

season was a great psychological boost for him. “By that I mean he

played his first whole season in the Premier League whereas at

Everton he was little bit of a bit-part player.”