Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Tevez due back in training

13 February 2012, 17:42

London - Carlos Tevez is due back in England on Tuesday and could be playing for Manchester City in the "next two to three weeks" following a thawing in relations between the Argentina striker and the club, an advisor to his representative said on Monday.

Tevez, 28, has not played for City since his refusal to follow the instructions of coach Roberto Mancini and warm up during the Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich in September.

His last appearance was in a League Cup win over Birmingham City on September 21 and that looked like being the last time he ever played for City after Mancini said he was "finished" at the club.

Tevez has been back in Argentina on unauthorised leave since November, but Paul McCarthy, an advisor to Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian, told Reuters the player was returning to England.

"He is due back in England on Tuesday and hopefully will start training this week. He has not just been playing golf in Argentina he has done a lot of fitness work too but is probably still two or three weeks away from being match-fit," McCarthy said.

"Roberto Mancini has more than opened the door for him and now it's a case of getting his fitness back.

"There have been a lot of very productive, sensible discussions over the last 10 days or so and a thawing in relations on both sides.

"He needs to be back and he needs to be pulling on the Manchester City shirt again and doing what he does best, which is scoring goals and helping the team. He could be vital for City over the last nine or 10 games of the season."

Apart from a couple of occasions when United have topped the table because they have played before City during the weekend, Mancini's men have led the standings since mid-October.

Although they have stuttered slightly in recent weeks, losing three of their last 11 league matches, the 1-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday kept City two points clear of United with 13 matches to play.

Tevez was City's top league scorer in the 2009-10 season with 23 goals and again last season with 20 goals, but failed to score in the five appearances he made in all competitions before the Munich fallout.

His unauthorised absence in Argentina has cost him millions in lost wages and he has been fined six weeks' wages for gross misconduct over his disappearance home without permission.

He was also eager for a move away from City in the January transfer window but possible moves to AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris St Germain all failed to materialise.

Mancini strongly hinted on Sunday that Tevez could still play a role for City.

"Everyone knows Carlos is a top player. If he was here and playing it would be better, because Carlos can change games," Mancini said.

- AP

Join in the conversation on News24 Kenya’s Facebook page.

Get the latest news by following us on Twitter


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
William Korir
CORD to stop Jubilee efforts to r...

The CORD Coalition will not allow plans to remove Kenya from the Rome Statutes take place, it has said. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
How long will it take Kenya to le...

Kenya is looking to leave the ICC. But what is the process behind the exit? Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Jubilee resumes efforts to push K...

Kenya will this week resume efforts to leave the ICC court. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
How to treat him right

Men want to go home to a woman who makes them feel loved and appreciated. Here's how to make him feel special here: Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Kenyans demand action after femal...

This comes a few days after a female passenger was drugged and then robbed in a matatu plying the Kenyatta – Kencom route. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Natural aphrodisiacs to boost lib...

It is advisable to take them before sex in order to achieve maximum benefit. Read more...