Man City v Aalborg preview

12 March 2009 10:29
Manchester City's Uefa Cup challenge continues as they welcome Aalborg to Eastlands for the first leg of their last 16 clash.[LNB] City boss Mark Hughes has targeted Europe's second-tier club competition as he looks to end the club's 33-year wait for a major piece of silverware.[LNB]While the North West outfit have lofty ambitions to compete in the UEFA Champions League, their Danish opponents already have experience of Europe's top table.[LNB]Aalborg finished third in Group E behind Manchester United and Villarreal and claimed a memorable 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in their final fixture before being parachuted into the Uefa Cup.[LNB]Magnus Pehrsson's side then showed they are a force to be reckoned with by brushing aside Deportivo La Coruna 6-1 on aggregate in their round of 32 meeting.[LNB]City have already overcome two Danish teams to reach this stage of the tournament with victories over FC Midtjylland and FC Copenhagen.[LNB]Robinho returnsHughes is boosted by the return to fitness of record signing Robinho as City look to justify their tag as favourites to lift the trophy in Istanbul in May.[LNB]The £32.5million Brazil international has overcome the ankle injury which forced him to miss last week's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.[LNB]Fellow forward Craig Bellamy remains on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in the 1-0 defeat at the hands of his former club West Ham last month.[LNB]Hughes has a selection headache in midfield with Vincent Kompany (toe) struggling and January signing Nigel de Jong not registered for the competition.[LNB]City duo Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta are one booking away from suspension, with the same threat hanging over Aalborg's Jeppe Curth, Thomas Enevoldsen and Michael Jakobsen.[LNB]Familiar faces in the visitors' line-up include former Wigan midfielder Andreas Johansson, ex-Sheffield United striker Luton Shelton and former Wimbledon defender Kjetil Waehler.[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports