Manchester City’s worrying injury list will include Micah Richards until next year after the defender underwent knee surgery.
The 24-yeary-old rightback went down in agony during the Blues 1-0 victory against Swansea on Saturday.
And after going an emergency scan on his knee, Richards received the news that he will be out of action for 16 weeks while he recovers.
“I knew straight away in the game that it was quite a bad injury,” he said. “The knee locked and I couldn’t straighten it.
“I suppose it could have been even worse and not repairable which would have meant removing the meniscus; so I am being positive. Injuries are all part and parcel of the job but this coming on top of the other one I do feel a little hard done to!
“I will be working as hard as I can to get back as quickly as I can and I thank all the fans who have sent their best wishes.”
The England defender needed an oxygen mask while being treated on the pitch by medical staff at the Etihad Stadium.
He was not involved in a tangle with anyone else but appeared to twist his knee while running back to City’s box.
Richards had only returned from injury this month after suffering an ankle problem while playing for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics and revealed his disappointment at being forced to watch his teammates for the stands.
“Winning the league was an amazing time for everyone involved, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be for me at the start of the season,” he said.
“I suppose it’s part and parcel of football, injuries come with it.
“I think you just have to take it on the chin and get on with it really.”
And Roberto Mancini’s injury concerns continue to grow as Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell, Maicon and David Silva remain unable for selection.