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Milner: Substitution saved my season

April 25, 2013
By Richard Jolly

James Milner is confident he will be fit to face West Ham on Saturday after limping off in Manchester City's defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.

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PA PhotosMilner has started fewer than half of City's league games this season

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City were leading 1-0 when midfielder Milner was substituted and went on to lose 3-1 after Aleksandar Kolarov replaced him.

But the England international believes that he could have damaged his hamstring further and been ruled out for the rest of the campaign, including the FA Cup final, had he played on.

"I had a tight hamstring and as frustrating as it was to come off, I think it was the right decision," he told City's official website.

"Obviously we were 1-0 up at White Hart Lane when I went off and it was such a big game so you want to play every minute you can.

"But I think it was the right decision to come off, if I had stayed on the pitch I might have torn my hamstring and been out for the rest of the season.

"I've done some work with the physios the past few days and didn't take part in my charity golf day, which was disappointing - but football comes first.

"I'm hoping to get back into training and hopefully be fine for the weekend which is obviously a positive."

City manager Roberto Mancini could have a fully-fit squad for the West Ham game with Maicon, Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell all back in contention after injury problems.