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Richards adds to list of casualties

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Micah Richards has become the third City player to withdraw from international duty.

The defender joined up with the England Under 21 squad having sustained a hamstring injury in the latter stages of Sunday's win over Sunderland, but he will now leave Stuart Pearce's squad and returns to City as a precautionary measure, with Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor doing the same.

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As the piece says, he becomes the third player to withdraw from international duty this week (after Vincent Kompany and Valeri Bojinov) and reports suggest Shaun Wright-Phillips may also be doubtful as well.

Although it is nice to see City players line up on the international stage, our own interests are of greater importance and I doubt Mark Hughes is too disappointed. Given the importance of the remaining league fixtures and the tilt at the UEFA Cup, a short break for the majority of the squad could come at precisely the right time.