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Richards, Rodwell in contention for City

Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell could make their Manchester City comebacks against Wigan on Wednesday, but David Silva is unlikely to be risked.

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Spain international Silva sat out Sunday's FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea with a hamstring injury, and is not likely to return until they visit Tottenham at the weekend.

Right-back Richards has not played since October because of a knee injury, while summer signing Rodwell has been out for six weeks with a hamstring problem.

Both have featured for the club's Elite Development Squad and could be on the bench for the FA Cup final dress-rehearsal.

City's first-team coach David Platt said: "Sunday was a bit too early for David. I think if we had pushed we probably could have got him ready for tomorrow [Wednesday] evening, but it would be a risk.

"We will probably be pragmatic and give him a full week's training under his belt [before Tottenham].

"If the [Chelsea] game had been the last game of the season, we might have taken a risk but it would have been a big risk. If he does play tomorrow, the [Tottenham game at the] weekend becomes a bigger risk."

Richards has been limited to four first-team games this season because of injuries, but could appear for the first time in six months.

Platt added: "Micah has been training with the team for ten days or two weeks and he has played a couple of EDS games.

"He is available for selection. Whether he would get through 90 minutes I don't know, but I would hazard a guess he will be involved in the squad.

"Jack will be another one that could be in contention to be in the squad. I don't think Jack could play 90 minutes. Squad selection is one thing, team selection is another."

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