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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 December 2006, 09:35 GMT
McManaman rules out making return
Steve McManaman
McManaman has been working as a TV commentator in Asia
Former England midfielder Steve McManaman says he will not be making a comeback with Hong Kong Rangers.

McManaman, 34, was expected to feature in a Senior Challenge Shield game against South China on Thursday but a knee injury has scuppered his plans.

"With the injuries I have got, I don't think I can play. I would have loved to have played in this game," said the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star.

"Unfortunately, it can't happen," he told the South China Morning Post.

McManaman retired from football in 2005 after an unsuccessful spell with Manchester City.

He would have made the 48-hour registration deadline to play at the Mongkok Stadium after travelling to Hong Kong to support friend and Rangers chairman Carson Yeung Ka-shing.

"There's always a chance that Steve will return here and play an exhibition match," added Yeung.

I will play more games but not in a professional capacity

Steve McManaman

"He really wanted to play but he hurt his knee in training in Liverpool and rather than risk making his injury worse, he should rest."

McManaman revealed he is hoping to make a return to action in some capacity.

"Yes, I think so, but not in a professional capacity," he added. "I played a couple of months ago for the old Liverpool team (against Celtic). That's something I really enjoyed.

"Certainly, I will play more games but not in a professional capacity like these young boys. Whether I can play is another thing because you need to do some serious training. It's nice to be a fan rather than a player.

"Life has been very good for me. Football has been very good to me. Football has consumed my life since I was 17 . Every day you think about football and every day you prepare for the next game.

"It's nice to step back and travel and see lot's of people. I can see more of my family and spend more time with my wife and young child."

McManaman has been without a club since leaving City in the summer of 2005 and was thought to have retired.

He has been working as a TV commentator for ESPN Star in Asia during 2006.

McManaman has also been involved in the making of Goal! 2, the sequel to football film Goal! which tracks the progress of a fictional footballer who moves from Newcastle United to Real.



SEE ALSO
Manchester City let McManaman go
20 May 05 |  Man City
McManaman drops retirement hint
28 Mar 05 |  Man City


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