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Robinho ready

CITY are set to unleash Robinho on struggling Hull this weekend.And the man who has had the closest view of the Brazilian star's fight for fitness believes he is ready to begin weaving his magic once again.First team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has supervised the full training sessions this week in which Robinho - who hasn't played for the Blues since August 27 - has been busy proving he is ready to rumble.

"Robi is looking really good. We were pleased, after all the speculation when he went with Brazil, that he didn't play for them, because he wasn't ready," he said."He had good training and good treatment whilst with them and has come back to us looking sharper by the day."Things are looking very promising for him in terms of the weekend, and he should be up for selection."

It is interesting to see the change in approach regarding Robinho, with a frustrating six draws in succession leading to the view that we are lacking a little guile. The talk now is that his return to the side can't come soon enough - a far cry of course from earlier in the season when most relegated him to the third in line behind Bellamy and Petrov, and wondered how he would even get near to the starting line up.

I don't think he starts against Hull, but if we are struggling with half an hour or so remaining, expect the clamour for his introduction to begin.