Manchester City have omitted Owen Hargreaves from their squad for the Champions’ League group stages.
The 30 year old joined City on a free transfer on deadline day hoping to revive his career after being released by Manchester United.
However his record of just four appearances in the last three seasons for United has prompted City not to include him among the 17 unrestricted places they had available in their Champions League squad.
The other eight places in a group of up to 25 must be reserved for home grown or locally-trained players.
The exclusion of Hargreaves means that the Canadian born midfielder will miss a reunion with his old Bayern Munich.
Manager Roberto Mancini has the option of including Hargreaves in his squad should the debutants progress to the knockout stages.
Speaking to City TV on Thursday, Hargreaves admitted that while he is fit and raring to go, it will take him a while to build up match fitness: “It’s important that you get back into a rhythm of playing football, and I haven’t done that for a while.
“There’s tons of games to come this season in various competitions.”