City relishing Petrov return

Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov is set to return to Manchester City’s squad for their UEFA Cup quarter-final tie with Hamburg on Thursday. The 30-year-old has been absent since suffering a cruciate knee injury while on international duty back in August, but featured in a reserve game against Newcastle United on Monday and is flying out to Germany with Mark Hughes’ team. Petrov’s return to first-team action coincides with Robinho’s lacklustre form. And Hughes could be tempted to drop the Brazilian forward in favour of the lively left-footed Bulgarian. “The plan was to give him 45 minutes on Monday night,” he said. “He came through that and looked impressive. You forget what quality he can produce and he looked in good nick. “He is an option for us. When I came here as manager, the opportunity to work with Martin was something I was looking forward to. When you see what he can produce you can see what we have lacked on occasions this season.” Wayne Bridge, Benjani and Stephen Ireland will all travel to Germany, although Ireland is a doubt after suffering an ankle injury during training last week.

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