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Given offered Euro City run

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has indicated that Ireland keeper Shay Given may play in the group stages of the Europa League.

The Irish number one has been overtaken by Joe Hart, who is also now in pole position to become the England number one after returning from a season-long loan at Birmingham City.

Hart was again between the posts in the 2-0 victory against Timisoara last night in the play-off second leg, which saw City progress 3-0 on aggregate.

Goals from Shaun-Wright Phillips and Dedryck Boyata, his first for the club, secured a comfortable win over the Romanian side.

It was Hart's fourth successive clean sheet at the start of the campaign, which means Given has an increasingly difficult job in attempting to regain the number one jersey at Eastlands.

Mancini said: "The position of goalkeeper is different. I can't change every time and Shay knows this very well. Joe knows this too.

"I am sorry for him. Maybe now we are in a group, probably it is possible (he will play).

"But to repeat, we can change the other players, but the goalkeeper is different in my opinion."

Mancini cannot wait for today's draw and said: "It is an important trophy. I think the Europa League is difficult because you play more games.

"But if we can change some players every game, I think we can arrive at the end and play in the final. It is not like the Champions League, sure, but it is important.

"It was vital we played a good game tonight and now we are in the group stages."

Wright-Phillips made the breakthrough after a glorious through ball from French veteran Patrick Vieira -- and that settled City down.

Boyata, 20, then had his moment to savour -- a thumping header at the far post following a free-kick from David Silva.

It was the Belgian defender's first senior outing since February and Mancini was pleased with his display.

He said: "Boyata did very well. I am happy because he scored a goal, his first goal, and that is important.

"He played often in pre-season. In the last three games, he didn't play, but he is always ready. This is important because when one player is ready every time you call him to play, it is very good."

Meanwhile, according to Mancini, four clubs -- AC Milan, Barcelona, Fenerbahce and Besiktas -- are chasing Robinho, who is keen to move on after a loan spell with Brazilian side Santos last season.

Mancini added: "We must wait and see what Robinho decides to do. We have a few days left in the window."