Man City manager Mancini admits to concern over Rodwell injuries

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted he is worried about the fitness of midfielder Jack Rodwell after the former Everton player, bought by the Premier League champions in the summer, suffered a series of hamstring injuries, the Guardian has reported.

City paid Everton £12m for the England international but Rodwell has been able to make only six appearances for his new club, with none coming since early October when he was a late substitute against Sunderland.

Rodwell returned to training last week after injuring his hamstring while on England U-21 duty in October, suffering a recurrence last month, but the problem in a long-standing one, with Rodwell suffering six separate hamstring injuries last season alone. In his final season at Goodison Park, Rodwell was restricted to only 17 appearances, with the last coming in March.

Mancini said: “I’m worried because when we bought him we thought that he was a good player and then he has these problems with his hamstrings. We hope we can improve this situation for him because he’s young, he’s got quality, he has everything to have a good career.

The 21-year-old Rodwell made his Everton debut in 2007 as a substitute in a UEFA Cup match away to AZ Alkmaar, replacing Thomas Gravesen for the final 10 minutes of the 3-2 victory. Two more substitute appearances followed before Rodwell later established himself under David Moyes, playing more than 100 times for the Toffees.

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