I'm back for good, insists Micah
- Tue 01 Dec 2009, 11:45AM
- Posted byTim Oscroft
Micah Richards is in a determined mood after returning to City's starting line-up last weekend.
The defender was named at right-back for the visit of Hull after being left out in favour of Pablo Zabaleta for the last four games, but with crucial games against Arsenal and Chelsea to come in the next few days Micah aims to stay there.
His Argentinean team-mate comes in for generous praise with Micah seeing their battle for the right-back berth as a sign of how squads need to cope with the demands of a season.
He said, "I got a wrist injury, Pablo came in for me and did exceptionally well, and I think it would have been wrong for me to come straight back into the team when he was doing so well.
"I was given the chance again against Hull, so all I can do now is work hard and try to nail down my place again.
"Every player wants to play in every game. Craig Bellamy has been inspirational at times this season, but he was on the bench to start with on Saturday. That allowed Robinho in, and we all know what he can do. Robi was dying to play at Liverpool but it was good to have him back on home turf, he played really well against Hull.
"If we want to go places we need a big squad. We have the squad we need now, but the results are just not going our way at the moment."
Pablo came in for me and did exceptionally well, and I think it would have been wrong for me to come straight back into the team when he was doing so well.
...Micah on his battle with Pablo for the right-back berth...
Despite the run of draws in the league, Micah is confident looking ahead to Wednesday's clash with the side that he scored against in our emphatic win in the Barclays Premier League in September.
He added, "We need to put the draws to the back of our minds, it's a cup game and we have beaten them this season so I don't see why we can't do that again."
Tickets for the Arsenal game are still available, priced at £25 for adults and just £1 for under 16s. To buy a seat for what is sure to be an exciting night, call 0870 062 1894 (option 1), go online or call in person to the box office at CityCentre opposite the North Stand.