Tevez set to complete comeback by starting for City in bid to boost title chances
09:09 GMT, 27 March 2012
Carlos Tevez is in line to make his first Premier League start for Manchester City for six months as manager Roberto Mancini looks to revive his side’s title hopes.
Tevez’s international team-mate and leading scorer Sergio Aguero is a doubt for the home game against Sunderland after missing the 1-1 draw at Stoke with an ankle injury.
And both Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli have struggled to hit top form in recent weeks and that could lead to Tevez being reinstated.
Comback complete: Carlos Tevez is in line to start for Manchester City at the weekend
He has made only two substitute appearances since ending his exile from the club after his disciplinary problems, and Mancini said last week he would need more pitch-time before he could start a game.
But the manager is reconsidering that view, especially as Tevez will have had another week to improve his fitness by the weekend.
It is believed Mancini and his coaching staff are centring their plans on Tevez starting at the weekend.
Back in the squad: Tevez has been back on the bench for City in the last two games
Tevez made just one start in the Premier League this season, before his fall-out with City manage Mancini saw him go AWOL in Argentina.
His only other start came in the Carling Cup against Birmingham and he has not scored since the end of last season, but with City having surrendered their title race advantage to local rivals Manchester United, Mancini needs fresh attacking impetus.
In need of a boost: Roberto Mancini is ready to start Tevez
City assistant boss David Platt has admitted Mancini’s players cannot afford to drop any points in their last eight games if they are to stand any chance of pipping United to the title.
Midfielder Gareth Barry has also conceded that United’s experience in closing out seasons from this point onwards might give them an edge.
'It is a cliche that is always used so it has to have some fact to it,' he said.