Bridge closing in on Man City return

The 30-year-old has been out with a broken bone in his foot, but is hoping to make his return in the home clash against Blackburn.

“The injury seems a lot better the past few days,” he told the club’s official website. “It’s been frustrating but it’s one of those where you have to wait in case the fracture gets worse.

“I should be back in training some time this week or next week. If I don’t train by the end of the week they’ll x-ray the foot again. But the pain is half what it was, so it’s definitely healing.

“I’ve been working hard doing bike work, rowing, a bit of boxing, core work. I feel fit, so hopefully I can slot back in and not find training too hard when I get back. Fingers crossed for Blackburn.

“I’ve been coming in and sitting in an oxygen tank, sitting on a rower, sitting on a bike,” Bridge added. “It’s getting a bit annoying – I feel like I’ve been kicked up the backside sometimes!

“I’m just really looking forward to getting back out there and running around again. It’s been too long.”