Robinho at the ready: Man City's Brazil supertar passed fit for Aalborg affair
11 March 2009 12:32
Record signing Robinho has been passed fit for Manchester City
's last-16 UEFA Cup tie against Aalborg at Eastlands tomorrow.
Robinho returned to Brazil for treatment on an ankle injury at the end of last week but has been able to train since returning and manager Mark Hughes is prepared to place his trust in the £32.5million man.
Back in the fold: Manchester City's Robinho (far left) joins his team-mates during their training session at Carrington
"Robinho has trained all week. He looks fit and will be available," said Hughes. "He has suffered this injury twice, basically when he goes over on
it it aggravates an old injury.
"It is not a major concern but there was a chance that he wouldn't beavailable tomorrow so we are thankful it's not the case."
Dodgy ankle: Robinho receives treatment in Brazil last weekend
With Craig Bellamy missing, City will be relying on Robinho to provide their major attacking threat against Aalborg, the third Danish team they have faced in the competition.
Running repairs: Robinho recieves treatment off the pitch after picking up an injury at West Ham
Hughes expects tomorrow's opponents to be a step up in standard, having already held Manchester United to a draw at Old Trafford in the Champions League earlier this season and defeated highly-rated Spanish outfit Deportivo La Coruna in the last round.
"Robinho has the ability to unlock the door," Hughes added.
"Sometimes in Europe defences can be very hard to break down. You might need a flash of inspiration or a piece of brilliance. Robinho can do that for you."
Hughes does have other injury concerns, especially in central midfield.
Dutchman Nigel de Jong has not been registered for the competition while Vincent Kompany is a major doubt with a toe injury.
"Vincent is suffering a lot of discomfort at the moment and he is struggling to be fit," Hughes said.
"It is a worry for us because we are looking like being without two guys right in the centre of the park."
Hughes confirmed that Bellamy is unlikely to be available for another week to 10 days after a recent knee injury.