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Wednesday September 8, 2010Micah's Return to action

By Rhonda Richards | In Micah's Say

Micah has targeted Manchester City’s clash with Blackburn Rovers to reach full fitness having sat out England Under-21s European Championship qualifiers due to illness.

The 22-year old was expected to captain Stuart Pearce’s side as they came head-to-head with Portugal and Lithuania over the last week, and despite doing his utmost to shake off flu, the defender was forced out of the games.

“I really felt under the weather but I do feel a lot better now,” Micah told the official Manchester City website. “I was coughing and being sick. I trained yesterday and felt better. Hopefully, I’ll be OK for the weekend. I can’t wait to get back on a pitch.

“I missed a crucial game against Portugal on Friday but we managed to win that with Daniel Sturridge’s goal. I’m gutted to miss out – there’s another one at Colchester today against Lithuania that I’ll miss.”

Micah also reflected on Sturridge’s decision to leave the City of Manchester Stadium and join Premier League champions Chelsea.

“I’m happy for Daniel – he made his choice to move to Chelsea and it was a difficult decision for him, but he’s playing for the Under-21s and it’s worked out for him, so I’m pleased,” he added.

Despite a positive start to the season, Micah is still ruing the penalty given away due to a foul on Darren Bent as Sunderland snatched a 1-0 win over City in their last league outing.

“I’m happy with my form, but I was gutted to give away the penalty at Sunderland,” he continued. “I think he would have scored anyway. But it was annoying for it to be in the last minute after I’d done alright.

“I was just about to head it clear when it took a deflection off Vincent, I think. But if you look at the replay, he’s definitely going to put it in the back of the net. It’s unfortunate, but it happens.”