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‘Now I’m back’: Manchester City’s Jack Rodwell reveals doubts over injuries led to thoughts of quitting

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City youngster Jack Rodwell has revealed he almost quit football during his injury-plagued days at Everton.

Rodwell joined City from the Toffees last summer for £12 million, but the start to his Manchester City career was stalled through injuries at the Etihad Stadium.

However, despite revealing he considered hanging up his boots for good, the midfielder is back from his latest setback and believes he is ready to make an impression.

“I doubted whether I was just built for it,” he said.

“I did think the worst, but then I thought that there’s not many people in the position of being injured doing the thing they love.

“Now I’m back.”

Rodwell started City’s 2-0 win against Chelsea on Sunday – just his third start since joining the Premier League champions.

And manager Roberto Mancini was delighted with the 21-year-old’s contribution in what was a must win game.

“On Sunday I was happy for him because he deserved to have something special, and he played very well,” said Mancini.

“He is young and has had some problems but we hope that we have resolved the source of this problem.”

Since making his Everton debut at 16, Rodwell became one of England’s most exciting prospects, but injuries have held him back.

However, Mancini hopes them midfielder can put his problems behind him and play a key role in the club’s future.

“He can have a big future both for us and for the national team,” he added.

“We bought Jack because we think he is a good player. He is young and it’s clear he can improve.”

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