Just as things were on the up for Jack Rodwell, he’s been pegged back yet again by the same hamstring problem which has plagued him throughout his career.
He was subbed off during the 1-0 win against Aston Villa, holding his left hamstring which was the injury that has kept him out for long spells of his relatively short career.
It is something that Roberto Mancini is all too aware of and something, which he says concerns him over Rodwell’s future.
“We are very sorry for Jack, because he is a good guy, a good player, but he is unlucky. It is his hamstring. I think it is impossible to resolve his problem after six or seven months because he's had this problem for five or six years,” Mancini told PA Sport.
Rodwell has made just seven appearances for the club this season; three starts and four sub appearances. It is a major setback because he was just working his way into contention for a regular first team place.
There are questions over the judgement of Manchester City when they chose to fork out millions for Rodwell when they were fully aware of his recurrent hamstring problems during his time at Everton.
An approach could have been to maybe leave him at Everton until the problem was properly sorted out, but then they may have missed out on one of the best England midfielders as a result.
Rodwell is only 21-years-old so he’s only going to grow, develop and increase his core body strength which should see this problem eventually iron itself out over time.
That depends a lot on how he is handled and looked after at City but all of the early indications in that respect are positive. The manager has a clear feeling of sympathy for Rodwell, which means they should give him everything he needs in his recovery.
He’s just unfortunate because someone else will now take his place in the team, which, sets him back and he could struggle to work his way back into the side by the end of the season.
Add to that the fact that City are likely to strengthen over the summer and it could be a case of one step forward and two steps back for the midfield man.
Was it a risk worth taking?
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