Martin Demichelis closing on City bow
Martin Demichelis moved a step closer to making his Manchester City debut by completing 90 minutes for their second-string side on Wednesday evening.
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The Argentina international was a £3.5 million signing from Atletico Madrid in September but suffered a hamstring injury in training a few days afterwards.
However, he returned to training last week and played the full game as City’s Elite Development Squad drew 2-2 with Rochdale, before going on to win 4-2 on penalties.
Midfielder Jack Rodwell, another who has been sidelined, also played for Patrick Vieira’s team and came through the game unscathed.
“I’m very happy after working very hard to get here,” Demichelis told City’s official website. “I’m looking forward to my debut.”
With captain Vincent Kompany having suffered a groin injury in City’s 3-1 win over Everton, Demichelis’ return to fitness could be timely, although it remains to be seen if he will be deemed ready to face West Ham on Saturday.
Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic are the only senior central defenders who are certain to be available for manager Manuel Pellegrini and Demichelis operated as a defensive midfielder against Rochdale.
He added: “I’ve played this position many times before and the manager knows that. Obviously it was good for me to play there and get a lot of contact with the ball.”
Rodwell’s only first-team appearance this season came against Stoke in September but he said he is in contention for the West Ham game.
He said: “I've missed a lot of football and not had a lot of game time. I've not trained too much which is why I've played the full 90 minutes. I'm really pleased.
"I'm fit and available for selection."