Barry on the road to recovery as City target Arsenal clash for his comeback

By Sportsmail Reporter


Crocked: Barry was last seen playing for England against Norway in May

Crocked: Barry was last seen playing for England against Norway in May (above)

Gareth Barry is close to a return from the injury that kept him out of England's Euro 2012 campaign and has seen him miss the whole of pre-season with Manchester City.

The midfielder underwent a double hernia operation at the start of the summer but has been back training with the City first-team for two weeks now and has featured in two recent matches for the club's Elite Development Squad.

It is thought that this week's trip to Stoke and next week's Champions League opener against Real Madrid will come too soon for the 31-year-old, but he should be back involved for the visit of Arsenal in a fortnight's time.

‘I’ve had two outings with the Elite Development Squad now – 45 minutes against Middlesbrough and 80 against Liverpool and I felt a lot better in the second game so things are progressing nicely,’ Barry told Man City's official website.

‘I had a double hernia operation which meant an initial four weeks out, but then I tore a muscle in rehab which set me back a little bit, but I don’t think I’m too far off now - touch wood! I’m just taking things one day at a time but I’m feeling quite strong again which is really good.’

Key man: Barry was an integral part of City's Premier League success last season

Key man: Barry was an integral part of City's success last season


Barry revealed that he had a setback in his recovery during the summer, and as such he is reluctant to set an exact return date himself.

‘The medical team and sports therapists will have a discussion, though I’m not asking too many questions,’ he said.

‘I had a comeback date prior to the muscle tear, but things don’t always go to plan.

‘This is the longest period of my career that I’ve been sidelined with injury and the comeback game against Middlesbrough was my first match for three-and-a-half months.

‘Being out so long does give you time to think about things and it makes me realise how lucky I’ve been in terms of injuries and the amount of games I’ve played throughout my career.

‘I’ve been training with the first team for a fortnight now and getting back into the swing of things again.

‘I’m not a good spectator and I don’t enjoy watching the games – I’d much rather be out there playing so I’m obviously really looking forward to getting my season off and running again.’



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quite right fordy boy - city have missed him more than aguero without doubt - he has been citys most consistent player over the past 3 seasons and yet some "numpties " still do not rate him ???

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Elite Development Squad? reserves you muppets. the only Elite Development Squad you have is with the juniors at the bank.

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We've missed Barry in these first three games. He gives that added protection in front of the back four, something that Rodwell can't do. Welcome back Gareth.

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