"Bit colder today but all out there except Kolo and RSC I think.Tough to tell early on as so many are so wrapped up it's hard to see who some are. Micah was completely covered with gloves ,balaclava ,hat the full works.
Gentle warm up stuff was followed by a warm up passing game for all but 3 of the players.Tevez,Ade and Zaba were separate and working with a physio but as we are only Thursday before a Sunday game I am sure at least Carlos and Zaba will be fine. After this session they all moved away to do some specific exercises and that's where Zaba and Tevez went in. A lone cameraman took about 10 more minutes before he asked me if Tevez had gone in! He was lost then because although he could still take long distance pictures I don't think he had much of a clue who he was taking pictures of.
After the exercises they started an 11 a side game in half a pitch where nothing much of note happened beyond an excellent Micah goal.Mancini stopped that for some more exercises and then they came back for another session of pass and move.Seemed to me plenty of care being taken on the pure fitness issues as I think Mancini was working very closely with the sports science guys, not just on what they did but on how long each session lasted.
Then to finish it was back to a football game and this one had some real bite to it. Plenty of tackles flying in and bodies going all over the place. First Yaya a knock, Nigel was sent flying, Micah was taken out by Kolarov ( Nigel scored from the pen). I think Yaya took another heavy one but all in all the players were taking it well while I was thinking the whistle should be blown for full time before somebody really got hurt.Mario got a hell of a body check which clearly hurt at the time but good to see hin hit the deck and get up quickly.The final goal came as a result of another free kick given away.It was taken quickly ,deflected onto the bar and there was Micah again to knock the rebound in to the adulation of his teammates.
Unfortunately there was one injury just before the finish and it was SWP>hopefully just a contact injury which settles quickly,Ironically it was a pure accident rather than the result of any sort of tackle ,atleast from what I saw of it.As I left Mario,milner and Kolarov were just setting up for some free kick practice."