Jack Rodwell is hoping to return sooner than expected after his latest hamstring set-back.
The 22-year-old midfielder had a reoccurrence of the problem that has side-lined him for much of the season and he left the pitch against Aston Villa crestfallen after a superb display against Chelsea and another fine performance against Villa.
Jack admits it was a devastating blow at the time but is hopeful he could back in training by the end of the month at the latest.
“I felt a jabbing pain just before I took a shot at Villa Park and I knew straight away I had a problem,” he said.
“I decided to shoot anyway and stayed on for the corner to see if I could maybe nick us a goal, but it was pointless carrying on after that.
It’s really hard coming off the pitch in front of 33,000 people and I was obviously upset, but it has happened before and happens to players all the time
“I was more upset for our physio department who have been fantastic and have helped me feel stronger than ever before. We’ve had a discussion and we all agree that the best course of action is to continue what we were doing before because it worked so well.
“This is an injury that can strike at any time to anyone and I’m sure it something that I’ll be rid of before too long, but it’s an on-going process and something that can’t be rushed.”
Jack is undergoing intensive treatment at Carrington and feels he could be back in training before the end of March.
“Obviously you don’t want to tempt fate but I’m not looking at this a lengthy absence and I hope to be back in a couple of weeks.
I’ve come a long way and feel so much stronger than I did 12 months ago and that’s credit to the medical staff and physios we have at City
“One thing I would like to say is a big thank you to all our supporters. I’ve had loads of good will messages saying to keep my chin up and that’s I’ll be back before too long.
“The fans are the club as far as I’m concerned and it means a lot to know I have their backing and that they are so supportive towards me. Hopefully I can play my part in the run-in and help us win some silverware and end what has been a frustrating season on a high.”