MCFC v Aston Villa
City Of Manchester Stadium
Wednesday 4th March 2009
This will be a tough game for City after losing two of their most impacting players. Bojinov could start and City fans will be hoping for a perfect come back for the Bulgarian.
Ahead of the game Hughes commented: 'We may well have to play Boj on Wednesday, although it is probably a bit too soon to expect him to play 90 minutes in the Premier League.
'I am pleased we got him on at West Ham because he has not had much Premier League experience.
'It was important that he got a taste of it as soon as possible and we were able to do that, so that was a positive. It is still early in his comeback and we will have to see how he goes. He is a good option for us.'
Hughes later stated: 'Providing he stays clear of the injuries that have compromised him so much, Valeri has a real opportunity to establish himself as a top Premier League player'
Manchester City FC Team News:
Craig Bellamy and the talented Brazilian Robinho are both sidelined with injuries for this tough clash with Aston Villa.
The absence of Bellamy means that Bojinov could make a start after his brief appearance at Upton Park at the weekend.
Player to watch: Stephen Ireland
Ireland will have to be at the top of his game with the absence of Robinho. City need all the attacking flair they can get and Ireland is the man to provide it.
Aston Villa Team News:
Aston Villa and England striker Emile Heskey is doubtful meaning that John Carew will get a start.
Player to watch: Ashley Young
Ashley Young has been outstanding for Villa this season and made the big clubs take notice. The determined midfielder stated: 'We have the character to get back to winning ways. I've got every hope and belief that we are going to bounce back. I am confident of that.'
Match Facts & Stats
City are hoping for a fifth successive home league win while Villa are chasing their seventh successive away league win.
Chris Foy is responsible for this match. 17 games has seen a red card 64 yellow cards and a 3-0 win for Manchester City away at Sunderland. Lets hope for another emphatic win.
A disappointing result against Stoke for Villa was matched by an equally disappointing game against West Ham for City. Injuries to key players mean that Villa have the advantage, regardless of Manchester City's home form. MCFC 0-1 Aston Villa
Away at Chelsea at 1.30pm on Sunday 15th March 2009