Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves is ready to make his comeback tonight against Carling Cup opponents Birmingham City.

The 30-year-old former Manchester United star is relishing getting back to playing football and he admits he has set himself a number of targets after several seasons in the wilderness.

"Yes, I've written down a few targets," Hargreaves told The Independent. "I'll keep those to myself but I just want to get back and play football.

"That's what I've done for a long time but it's been taken away from me. I've missed it.

"All the times I've played for a team I think I've helped them to get better and I hope that will be true of my time here."

Hargreaves added: "I'm a competitive person. I like to set my targets high.

"I've never not succeeded in achieving something that I've set myself out to achieve - so yes.

"I've just got to take it step by step. I've just got to get back in training, consistently playing.

"It's a natural progression. If I do a great job here, then I will be in the England team probably again. So we'll take it step by step first."