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Shock returnee to have a belated impact on Man City’s title push

| 13.02.2012

Manchester City are 4/6 to be crowned Premier League champions in the aftermath of Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool, but could see their chances boosted considerably by the unlikely return of Carlos Tevez.

Despite vowing never to pick Tevez again following his refusal to warm up as a sub in a Champions League match at Bayern Munich in September, and the collapse of past reconciliatory talks, Roberto Mancini has hinted that he may yet play a part.

The Italian tactician said: “Everyone knows Tevez is a top player and it probably would have been better for us if he’d been here. Carlos has the ability to change a lot of games. If he comes back next week, maybe he can help us in the last three months.

“I don’t know if he is in good condition or not. I don’t think so because he hasn’t played for four months. But Carlos recovers strength very quickly. Carlos knows the situation. If he comes back, we will talk. Why not? I don’t have a problem.”

Even before the controversy at the Allianz Arena, Tevez’s role at the club had diminished due to the summer arrival of Sergio Aguero. He was replaced as captain and started just one of their six Premier League fixtures prior to the incident.

However with goals proving harder to come by away from home in the second half of the season and Manchester United cranking up the pressure, it is understandable that Mancini is looking for any kind of advantage that he can muster.

The 4/6 title favourites were open to selling the striker in January, though for various reasons proposed moves to AC Milan and PSG didn’t materialise, so Tevez has remained in Argentina, with a return to Manchester reported to be imminent.



Richard Anderson