Milner hopes to be fit to face former club

Manchester City’s James Milner has credited the Manchester City fans with helping him recover from his hamstring injury by offering him support through songs and chants.

The winger who has missed the last four games for Manchester City but is hoping to be fit for Saturday’s game against his former club Aston Villa, told the City website

“The fans have been brilliant since day one. But I can’t deny it’s really nice and gives you a massive lift when you hear the best part of 47,000 singing your name like they did against Sunderland.

“Our fans turn out in big numbers whether it’s at home where the games are always sold out – or away and overseas where they always travel in their thousands, so we want to do the best we can for them and repay that backing.

“They were here when we weren’t winning things for so many years so it’s nice that we are now and as I say, that’s not a feeling we could ever get tired of.

“I’ve been progressing well and I’m back training so I’m hoping to be available for Villa. My hamstring was a little tight before the game at West Ham and hadn’t felt quite right in the days leading up to the game.

“I’d had some treatment because it happens from time to time – then you play and it’s okay, but I went to do a sprint in the warm-up, it didn’t feel right and I made the decision not to carry on which I think has been proved correct.

“If I’d have played, it would have probably gone during the game and I could have been out for a lot longer. As it was, it was just ten days or so before I started light training again and now everything feels fine.”

 

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