Manchester City exile to start for Fiorentina in Europa League

Micah Richards

Micah Richards looks set to start for new club Fiorentina when they face French side Guingamp in the Europa League later today.

He may be more used to featuring in the Champions League but this Thursday could see Micah Richards make his Fiorentina bow against Guingamp in the Europa League.

According to Football Italia, Viola manager Vincenzo Montella is set to ring the changes, with the 26-year-old defender among those set to start against the Ligue 1 side.

The move comes after Fiorentina’s stuttering start to the current Serie A season continued on Sunday with a surprise 0-0 draw with Genoa at the Stadio Artemio Franchi which, coupled with an opening day defeat to AS Roma, has seen Montella head back to the drawing board.

Richards moved to the Italian club on transfer deadline day, ending a 13-year association with Manchester City in the process.

Currently on loan with the Serie A side, the 26-year-old looks unlikely to make a return to the Etihad after turning down the offer of a new contract at the Eastlands club.

That decision came after Richards found himself frozen out of the City first team under Manuel Pellegrini, with the Chilean coach preferring Pablo Zabaleta in his place.

Richards will be keen to show them what they lost with a solid debut display in front of his home fans in Florence.

Fiorentina fans are a famously passionate group, having previously brought their home city to a standstill in the early 90s after the club’s board sold star player Roberto Baggio to old rivals Juventus.

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