Micah Richards will be out for six to eight weeks after tearing a cartilage in his knee during Manchester City's 1-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday evening.
Richards required oxygen on the pitch after appearing to twist the knee unchallenged when turning to clear a cross in the 84th minute of the match at the Etihad Stadium, with the length of the treatment he required contributing to the match's record 12 minutes of added time.
Richards had missed the opening of City's season due to an ankle injury he incurred playing for Great Britain during the London 2012 Olympics. It capped a bad week for the defender, who was reprimanded by Roberto Mancini, the City manager, for publicly questioning his defensive tactics during the team's 3-1 Champions League group defeat at Ajax last Wednesday.
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