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â€¢ Manchester City manager has ‘no problem’ with Tevez
â€¢ Argentinian has not played for club since September
Roberto Mancini has accepted Carlos Tevez’s unreserved apology and will consider him for selection once the striker is back to fitness in March. Speaking after Manchester City defeated Porto 4-0 in second leg of the Europa League last-32 tie to progress 6-1 on aggregate, the manager also stated that he will meet Tevez before training for the first time since the Argentinian returned to the club.
“I accept his apology, I don’t have any problem,” Mancini said. “Tomorrow I will meet him before training and after that he can begin to work with us.”
Asked whether Tevez would be considered for the side like any member of his squad the Italian said: “He needs maybe two or three weeks to find a good form and after that he will be OK. He can play. Like the other players.”
With Manchester City leading the Premier League and hoping to progress in the next round of the Europa League â€“ where they meet Legia Warsaw or Sporting Lisbon â€“ their good form means Tevez faces a fight to regain a starting berth. He is not registered to play in Europe.
“I think Carlos knows the team very well but the team in this last six or seven months have played very well,” Mancini said. “We are on the top of the Premier League. But we know Carlos very well â€“ he’s a top striker. I think that it will be good if he can help us to do a good job in the next two months.
“Carlos can’t play in the Europa League but we can have four strikers in the Premier League and that is very good. If we get through in Europe I think it will be important to have four strikers,” he said of Tevez, Mario Balotelli, Sergio AgÃ¼ero and Edin Dzeko.
The latter two scored on Wednesday night along with David Silva and David Pizarro. Of AgÃ¼ero, who now has 20 goals for City this season, Mancini said: “Sergio is another top striker but he’s young and needs to improve. He’s a top striker, he has scored a lot of goals, he was important in this game and has been important during the season. It’s important to have now in the last two months all the players, all the strikers available.”
Asked whether City can complete a championship and Europa League double Mancini said: “We hope so. But it’s not easy to win both competitions. We want to try and get to the final if possible. In the Premier League we are top. If we win the next 13 games we will be champions.”
Regarding Micah Richards and Gareth Barry, who each took knocks, Mancini said: “Micah I think is OK, Gareth has a slight problem in his muscle but I don’t think it is serious. We will see tomorrow.”