By William Wood | In General
Micah missed out on the start of England Under-21s 2011 Uefa Championships qualifying campaign after being rested following injury, with Stuart Pearce’s side securing a 2-1 win.
After a solid start to Manchester City’s season in the right-back slot, Micah injured his knee in the Eastlander’s victory over Portsmouth last week.
While the knock is not thought to be too serious, it was deemed a sufficient precaution to withdraw the 21-year old from the squad so not to aggravate it any further.
It also means the young defender will miss out on England Under-21s clash with Greece on Tuesday, adding to his disappointment.
As it was, Pearce’s men eventually fought off a resilient Macedonia to earn an opening three points, though the hosts made it far from easy.
Having guided the Under-21s to the final of the last Uefa tournament, Pearce and his troops went into the clash easily as favourites, but they were shocked as Agim Ibraimi’s rocket of a shot flew into the back of the net.
England could have been more than one goal down as Macedonia spurned several opportunities before Freddie Sears levelled proceedings having been introduced as a substitute, and Lee Cattermole sealed the win with a penalty after Jack Wilshere had been brought down.
Despite events not going quite to plan, Pearce will be confident his side can reach the finals, to be held in Denmark, and Micah will be keen to play his part once he is fully recovered.
Details of Micah’s recovery will be published on MicahRichards.com, with the youngster looking to return in time for City’s derby clash with Arsenal at the City of Manchester stadium on 12th September.