‘Brilliant fans’ is key to injury recovery, reveals Manchester City winger James Milner

By Dean Wilkins

Fans’ chanting and support for absent Manchester City’s James Milner have been a pivotal part of spurring him on his injury recovery process, the midfielder revealed today.

The England ace has been out of action for the Blues’ last four games after struggling with a hamstring problem and is due to feature in Saturday’s tie against Aston Villa.

And the former Villa winger is thanking supporters for helping him settle into Roberto Mancini’s squad and insisted that players owe everything to their fans.

 “The fans have been brilliant since day one,” he told the club’s official website. “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.”

Milner was not included in England’s 4-2 loss to Sweden last night and is desperate to respond well to treatment to continue City’s hunt to retain their Premier League title.

“I’ve been progressing well and I’m back training so I’m hoping to be available for Villa,” he added. “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.”

Aston Villa travel to the Etihad Stadium for a rare 3pm kick-off for the titleholders.

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.


Related Articles