MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, March 14 – Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said Wednesday controversial forward Carlos Tevez could make his first-team return in next week’s Premier League match against Chelsea.
The Argentina striker has not played senior football for City since Mancini accused him of refusing to warm-up during a Champions League loss away to Bayern Munich in September.
The 28-year-old then spent more than three months in Argentina without City’s permission before returning to north-west England after failing to secure a move during the January transfer window.
Tevez though has since apologised to Mancini and has recently played two matches for the reserves.
City don’t have a league match until Chelsea visit Eastlands a week on Wednesday and Mancini, asked if Tevez could be available for that game, said: “We will see in the next week. It depends on Carlo.
“If Carlo is okay then probably, but it depends on a lot of things,” the Italian added.