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Thursday February 17, 2011Micah on season so far

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Micah is hoping to steer clear of injuries after a series of niggling knocks – including those involving his own teammates!

The right-back was sidelined after a collision with Nigel De Jong a few weeks ago, though he has since put in some fine performances including impressive displays against Manchester United and in the FA Cup against Notts County.

“First I got a back injury, then I got the rib injury and then I had the head injury,” Micah told the Manchester City official website. “So I’ve had a lot of injuries but when I’ve been playing it I’ve been enjoying it, the manager’s been playing me when I’ve been fit so I’m happy. I’ve been working hard in training and we’ve had a good run this season.”

The 22-year old is also confident that City can pick up their form and mount a late title charge if results go their way, something he can aid despite the strong competition for places.

“We’ve had a few disappointing results. If we’d have beaten Villa then we would have been right up there with a couple of other teams dropping points but it’s football and we’re still right up there in the title running and everyone’s just enjoying it,” he said.

“It’s tough out there but I’ve always said when I’m playing well and I’m confident I’m as good as anyone. That’s not being big headed, it’s what I feel.

“The competition has been good for me, it’s made me raise my game a little bit. Having said that I think (Pablo) Zabaleta has been quality this season. When (Aleks) Kolarov came in people thought he would be the replacement at left-back but Zabaleta has been one of the best defenders along with Vincent Kompany this season.”

The arrival of Mario Balotelli has also caused a stir, not least because the Italian shares resemblance to Micah – a fact that hasn’t gone unnoticed at City’s training ground.

“I don’t know why everyone keeps calling me Mario. I’m the better looking one as you can tell – only messing!” he added.

To watch the full interview, please visit www.mcfc.co.uk