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Portuguese midfielder Danny has targeted a victory for Zenit St Petersburg against Malaga in a vital Champions League Group C fixture.

Last Updated: 20/11/12 at 14:08

Danny: Zenit St Petersburg midfielder is targeting victory over Malaga

Danny: Zenit St Petersburg midfielder is targeting victory over Malaga

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Zenit lie fourth in the table and know even a win against Malaga in their penultimate group fixture might not move them up the standings.

Danny does not believe it does his side any good to worry about the result from the other game in their group which sees Anderlecht host AC Milan in Belgium.

"We talk about stuff like that in the locker room of course, but the important thing for us is to win," said Danny. "Clearly, if we win both matches, and Milan beat Anderlecht, we have a chance to advance from our group.

"We're a good team, and we have strong players, and we're going to do everything to win.

"Obviously, tomorrow is a deciding match for Zenit. Malaga is strong, but we'll have our home fans behind us, and we'll be concentrated only on winning. Again, we're doing everything to win."

Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti has confirmed Nicolas Lombaerts will play and Brazilian striker Hulk is also available, while Aleksandr Bukharov is fit again and a late decision will be made on Vladimir Bystrov.

However, the Russians will be without defensive duo Domenico Criscito and Aleksandar Lukovic for the Group C encounter.

Malaga will be without first-choice goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, who was left behind in Spain after he suffered a bout of gastroenteritis just before the five-hour flight was due to leave for Russia.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini will have to turn to Pol Viejo knowing that a draw will ensure his side are through to the knockout phase of the competition.

Defenders Monreal and Sergio Sanchez are recovering from injury and striker Julio Baptista is undertaking intense training to regain his fitness.

Midfielder Joaquin and forward Javier Saviola were not included in the original 19-man squad - which was reduced to 18 by Kameni's withdrawal - selected to travel by Pellegrini.

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