Micah determined to face United

Richards is a major doubt for the April 16 date after suffering a

hamstring injury in England Under-21’s hammering of Denmark on

Thursday. Initial speculation suggested the defender would be out

of action for a month, wrecking his hopes of helping City reach

their first major final since 1981. However, Richards is not giving

up quite so easily. And as fellow full-back Jerome Boateng seems

certain to be out of action as well after returning to Manchester

for knee surgery after experiencing discomfort in the build-up to

Germany’s friendly with Australia on Tuesday, there is even more

importance being placed upon Richards’ battle for fitness. “I will

do anything and everything to be ready for that game,” Richards

told www.mcfc.co.uk “I knew straight away what I had done because I

heard the dreaded ping. It is a bit sore but I’m hoping it is not

too bad. “Some of the other lads have used an oxygen tent to help

them recover more quickly from injuries so I am willing to give it

a go. “I will sleep in the thing if necessary. I want to be

available for that game against United. It is going to be a great

occasion.” Richards will be missing when City entertain Sunderland

on Sunday, hoping to collect maximum points in the battle for a

top-four slot. The Blues also have a trip to Liverpool on April 11

before they gear up for the United clash. “It is a bit of a

sickener picking up the injury at this time,” said Richards. “We

had a lot of games in quick succession but I felt I was holding my

form quite well.”