Roberto Mancini confused by Micah Richards injury

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the touchline during the FA Cup 5th round match against Leeds on February 17, 2013
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Roberto Mancini admits that he does not understand why it is taking so long for Micah Richards to return from injury.

Manchester City manager Robert Mancini has admitted that he does not understand why Micah Richards is not yet fit to return to action.

The 24-year-old has been out since October and has only appeared four times for City all season.

Mancini has revealed that Richards has been training well but is not yet ready to play.

"This is strange, I don't know how it is possible," Mancini told ESPN. "I hope that in maybe three of four weeks he'll be ready.

"His knee was not 100%, he continues to work and now he has been working for two months.

"From when he starts work with the team he needs another two weeks. I hope maybe he can start with the team next week."

City are currently facing Barnsley in the FA Cup quarter-final.

City boss Roberto Mancini in the dugout against Sunderland on Boxing Day 2012
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