Richards injured before Team GB exit
- 05 August 2012 08:38
- Posted by Mark Booth
There’s disappointment and injury concerns over Micah Richards after Team GB’s quarter final penalty shoot-out defeat to South Korea, while City are linked with a new winger in Sunday’s edition of What the Media Says.
Micah Richards wasn’t on the pitch for Team GB’s defeat in the Olympic quarter finals after clashing with South Korean goalkeeper Jung. Both players were contesting a cross into the box and both were withdrawn after crashing into one another.
Richards was seen holding his head on the bench after the game but also seemed to pick up an injury to his leg sustained in landing.
We’ll keep you updated on Micah’s condition as soon as we hear anything but in the meantime, much tabloid ink is dedicated to City’s pursuit of new acquisitions ahead of their title defence season.
The Mirror links a new name with a switch to the Etihad Stadium, that of Micah’s Team GB teammate Scott Sinclair, the Swansea City winger who is apparently the answer to Roberto Mancini’s request for pace out wide.
According to The Mirror’s Matt Law:
"Mancini has asked about Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, but Sinclair is seen as a cheaper alternative, for as little as £5m, and City would treble his £20,000-a-week Swansea salary."
Elsewhere in the paper, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany are roundly dismissed as architects of City’s first title win in 44 years. Apparently it was all down to a small relic of St Therese of Lisieux that Roberto Mancini had in his pocket the whole time.
No wonder the Italian boss seemed so calm in the final few weeks of the season.
“It was given to him prior to his team’s penultimate match against Newcastle United by St Mary’s Cathedral priest Father Marc Lyden-Smith.
“Mancini visited the Cathedral for a Vigil Mass on the evening before City’s vital match at St James’ Park on Sunday, May 6, which they won 2-0 to keep up the pressure on reigning champions United who were favourites to take the title.”
Fr Lyden-Smith said: “I spoke with Roberto after Mass and agreed to loan him my relic of this great saint for the match, not in any superstitious way, but to call upon the communion of saints in his prayers during the match, praying for players to use their God-given gifts and talents.”
Apparently Roberto returned the relic at the end of the season – which seems a little on the hasty side with a title defence and Champions League campaign in the offing...