Hargreaves set for City debut

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Owen Hargreaves looks set to make his Manchester City debut against Birmingham in the Carling Cup after Roberto Mancini said the midfielder will 'probably' play.

Hargreaves joined City last month having been released by Manchester United following a succession of injury problems.

The 30-year-old, however, is still not fully fit but Mancini envisages he will be able to play some part during Wednesday night's encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

"I need to speak with Owen and on Tuesday we will decide if he will play, but he probably will," the City boss told the Manchester Evening News.

"He has been in full training but he is not 100 per cent. He could play maybe 30 to 45 minutes."


Mancini has also confirmed that he will make a number of changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Some fringe players are expected to get some minutes under their respective belts against Birmingham, while Kolo Toure could also feature following the end of his ban.

"I will change the team absolutely because I need five or six players resting," added Mancini.

"We want to keep going in the competition but we also need to change players.

"We also need to recover Kolo and some of the other players."

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