Wednesday 8 April 2009

Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov will return to Manchester City's squad for their UEFA Cup tie with Hamburg.

Petrov has been absent since suffering a cruciate knee injury whilst 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 boss Hughes could be tempted to drop the Brazilian in favour of the lively Bulgarian.

"The plan was to give him 45 minutes on Monday night," Hughes confessed. "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 big doubt after suffering an ankle injury during training last week.

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