England - Manchester City striker
Carlos Tevez looks set to return from his self-imposed exile after
apologising to the club for his conduct in recent months.
has not played for the Premier League leaders since September after
falling out with City boss Roberto Mancini following his refusal to
warm-up during a Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich.
Argentine star returned to his homeland soon after the bust-up and
refused to return to Eastlands for more than three months.
Tevez was unable to negotiate a move during the January transfer window,
with potentials transfers to AC Milan, Inter Milan and Paris
Saint-Germain all falling through, and he finally flew back to England
Mancini, who initially said Tevez was "finished" at the
club, has maintained he would only consider the player for selection
again after an apology, and the 28-year-old has now bowed to the
Tevez has also withdrawn his appeal against
City's fine of six weeks' wages for gross misconduct, which was due to
be heard by the Premier League in the coming days.
In a statement
released by City on Tuesday, Tevez said: "I wish to apologise sincerely
and unreservedly to everybody I have let down and to whom my actions
over the last few months have caused offence.
"My wish is to concentrate on playing football for Manchester City Football Club."
While away, Tevez had been found guilty of gross misconduct and City took a firm line over his potential sale.
who had twice previously submitted transfer requests, was estimated to
have lost 9.3 million ($14.7m) in wages or bonuses over various matters.
failed in his initial appeal against the fine of six weeks' wages for
gross misconduct - thought to be around 1.2m - to the club board but
lodged another with the Premier League.
His withdrawal of that appeal should now ease his return to action with the title-chasers.
sparked further controversy shortly before his return to the UK last
week when he accused Mancini of treating him "like a dog" in Munich but
that matter now also seems to be closed.
City's statement read: "Carlos Tevez has today apologised to all concerned for his recent conduct.
"Carlos returned to the football club last Tuesday, following a three-month absence from duties, without permission.
has also withdrawn his appeal against the club's finding of gross
misconduct, which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel in the
"He has since begun a training programme designed to return him to optimum fitness."
Tevez was given his own fitness programme when he reported back to the club's Carrington training headquarters last week.
had said he could be match-fit in two weeks but it remains to be seen
how quickly he can get himself back into first-team contention.
former Manchester United and West Ham United forward is ineligible to
play in Wednesday's Europa League tie against Porto, having not been
registered for the competition.
But he could feature for the Premier League leaders against Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers on February 25 and March 3.
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