#UWCL: Steph Houghton to miss Manchester City Women’s tie

Man City's Steph Houghton
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The UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final ties see Chelsea play their ‘home’ leg in Budapest and Manchester City away in Italy.

Wednesday 24 March

UWCL Quarter-Finals 1st Leg (kick offs in UK time)

Barcelona v Manchester City (FC Monza, 11:30am) – live on BT Sport 2
Chelsea v Wolfsburg (Szusza Ferenc Stadium, 4pm) – live on BT Sport 2
Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon (Parc des Princes, 5pm)
Bayern Munich v Rosengård (FC Bayern Campus, 6pm)

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor has confirmed Steph Houghton will miss Wednesday’s clash against Barcelona. The skipper has missed the last two matches with an Achilles injury but Lucy Bronze is back in contention.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get Steph back in time which is a shame,” Taylor told mancity.com.

“It’s difficult to answer when she’ll be back – hopefully it won’t be too far away but we look at what’s right for the player.”

While Manchester City lost both their ties against Spanish opposition in the previous two seasons, Barcelona have also bowed out on both occasions when facing English opposition.

Chelsea look to turn the tables on Wolfsburg

Three of Chelsea’s four previous campaigns have been ended by Wolfsburg but manager Emma Hayes told chelseafc.com: ‘‘I’ve got a lot of experience in my team too and I’m looking forward to watching them cope and play against a team that has won every time in the biggest games against us, and I’m extremely curious to see how far we’ve progressed in the three years.

‘Anybody getting lulled into thinking this a different Wolfsburg are fooled, this is a Wolfsburg team that have as much quality as I’ve ever seen in them and I’m sure they will be confident given their recent history against us.’

Chelsea report a fully fit squad other than Bethany England (concussion) and Maren Mjelde (knee injury).

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