Jack Rodwell has previously admitted the injury jinx which has continued at Manchester City after his summer switch from Everton has brought him close to tears.
A little over a month ago he was substituted against Aston Villa after suffering a hamstring injury, just as he appeared to be coming into some good form.
His highlights in a City shirt have been all too fleeting, he has made just three Premier League starts.
After his most recent injury manager Roberto Mancini sounded pretty downbeat about his medical staff being able to help the midfielder, stating: "I think it is impossible to resolve his problem after six or seven months because he's had this problem for five or six years."
There is though good news for the 22-year-old, the midfielder is back in action, playing 63 minutes for City's under-21 side in a 2-1 win over Stoke n Monday night.
City's official website reported that Rodwell was causing 'all sorts of problems' for their opponents, and his early substitution was precautionary rather than due to any injury flare-up.
If anything, it could be taken as an indication the midfielder is being prepared for a role in City's fixture at home to West Ham on Saturday.
A role from the bench may be wise, but in the games following, it would be beneficial for City to try and give him a run between now and the end of the season with the pressure off.
If Rodwell did break down again, then no doubt the club would be criticised for playing him in a meaningless fixture, but City can't wrap him in cotton wool forever, they must afford him the same chances as any other. Rodwell no doubt is also itching to get back into action.
It is too early to judge Rodwell's time at City despite his sizeable fee; he was bought as an investment rather than a quick-fix and it was always inevitable he would suffer a form of repeat of his injury problems.
He must only hope the next campaign brings him more luck, but fingers crossed for him that he is able to show more of what he can do between now and the end of the season.
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