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Hargreaves lifts lid on return plans
Published : 02 Sep 2011 09:00:01
Manchester City's Owen Hargreaves has said that he needs 'to get back in the rhythm of playing football' before he can make his debut.
The 30-year-old former Manchester United and England international midfielder joined City on a one-year deal ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline after being released by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.City boss Roberto Mancini's decision to hand Hargreaves a contract represents a gamble given that his injury problems meant he was restricted to just four appearances in the last three seasons at Old Trafford.
There was talk of Hargreaves featuring for City when they face his former club Bayern Munich in the Champions League later this month. But, the Canadian-born star has revealed that he is unlikely to be match fit for that game and he does not want to rush himself back.
Hargreaves told the club's website: "It's important that you get back into a rhythm of playing football, and I haven't done that for a while."There's tons of games to come this season in various competitions. I've never not played in the Champions League. It's pretty much been standard for me every season."Bayern is a wonderful club - I had a great time there and won the Champions League. They are going to be tough opposition and it will be an exciting game for the club."