Ex-Man Utd crock Hargreaves excited ahead of Man City debut tonight

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

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."

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