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Comment: Credit To City For Standing By Johnno

Michael Johnson is back in Sky Blue and has started the long road back to full fitness. Fair play to Mark Hughes for believing in the lad through his fight to make his come back...

Today, Johhno spoke to the official site of his absolute delight at taking the field in a City shirt as a late substitute against West Ham:

'It was great to get back. It has been too long and the fans were wonderful with me from the moment I warmed up to when I got on the pitch. Until recently I have could not remember when was the last time I had been pain free.'

MJ revealed the intensive treatment he has undergone in a bid to end his abdominal injury nightmare:

'I recently visited Muller-Wohlfahrt in Munich and he has fixed me and though I am nowhere near fit yet in terms of matches I am able to get through work and games without pain. That is fantastic. I stayed a week in Germany and had a course of injections into my back and spine. I don't know what he put in there but it worked!'

Johnno went on to explain how he has remained determined despite repeated setbacks. There are some scurrilous hacks out there who have printed all sorts of rumours about the 21 year old in the past and are already slagging the lad for his weight. Easy to do. They should bear in mind the psychological problems the kid will have gone through this past 14 months.

'I never felt like I wouldn't come back but the whole absence has toughened me up mentally and that will serve me in good stead because as much as this game is about fitness and skill you need to be mentally attuned too. The worst thing about being out for so long is that it erodes your confidence and that is what I need to build up...I am still a young lad and I now appreciate more than ever what I have got. I am so keen to get back because playing football is the best thing in the world.
...I hope people don't expect too much too soon. I have a year of not playing and I am just glad to get out on a pitch and get running around.'

City could have dumped Michael Johnson.

Sparky could have ditched him and decided the treatment involved and persistent, difficult to cure injury problems were all too much.

But to his and the club's immense credit they stood by him and have given him a taste of Premier League action at the earliest opportunity.

Sparky rates Johnno and so did we. After all, he's one of our own.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 30 2009

Time: 7:49PM

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Great to have you back Johnno!
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30/09/2009 19:52:00

I cannot wait to see him start a game
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30/09/2009 19:54:00

" a course of injections into my back and spine. " I'd like to know what those were too. probably analgesic. i hope thay know what they are doing to him. Good luck Johnno, great to see you back
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30/09/2009 20:48:00

i was also told a lot of his pain was coming from growing pains aswell. - great to see the lad back for us.
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30/09/2009 21:02:00

It'll be good to see him back when he is properly fit but at least the medical team seem to have him on the right road this time at long last.
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30/09/2009 21:14:00

I endose what all City fans say - good to see you back Johnno.
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01/10/2009 03:40:00

Didnt hughes try to sell him to Newcastle last mid season break?
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01/10/2009 05:24:00

Nah, that was Benjani Johnson.
Johnny Baguette
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01/10/2009 06:55:00

hughes pulled the plug on any sale last january newcastle offered 7m and we said nah we keeping all our good youth players taaa
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01/10/2009 12:08:00

It was good to see Johnno back but i think it will be a while before we see him get a full game.
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03/10/2009 06:24:00


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