Is Carlos coming in from the cold?
- Sun 12 Feb 2012, 9:15AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Carlos Tevez. He should be the best golfer at the club by now, but it appears he might also be the secret weapon in Roberto Mancini's title armoury.
Roberto always maintained there was a way back for the striker if he wanted to pack up his clubs and pop round for a cup of tea and a slice of contrition, and the nationals think it's back on.
Mail on Sunday man Joe Bernstein declares: "Manchester City's Carlos Tevez will make a sensational return to English football this week in yet another twist to this season's thrilling Premier League title race.
"The controversial striker, in self-imposed exile in his native Argentina since November, is due to return to England in the next 72 hours, with Tevez and manager Roberto Mancini ready to put their high-profile dispute to one side to give City's title charge fresh impetus."
Crikey! When we read that, you could have knocked us over with a five iron, as Craig Bellamy might have said, but Joe and others have the manager's confirmation on record.
He's quoted: "Everyone knows Tevez is a top player and it probably would have been better for us if he'd been here.
"Carlos can change a lot of games. If he comes back next week, maybe he can help us in the last three months. I don't know if he is in good condition or not.
"I don't think so because he hasn't played for four months. But Carlos recovers strength very quickly.
Carlos knows the situation. If he comes back, we talk. Why not? I don't have a problem
"We've played a lot of games with only one fit striker and against Everton in our last away game, we couldn't make any changes from the bench."
The Mail man adds: "The timing is perfect for Tevez. After Villa, City will have a two-week break before their next Premier League game against Blackburn. He is not eligible for City's Europa League game against Porto on Thursday."
They're second at the moment, of course, but what the hey? Just three away defeats, remember.
"City manager Mancini has shrugged off worries over his side's away form and rubbished suggestions the pressure is beginning to get to them.
"'We knew it was impossible to score three goals in every away game,' said Mancini. 'Sometimes you can lose these games. But we didn't deserve to lose any of these games.'"
Simon Mullock has pulled Roberto on the brothers' schedule, and he's told: "I spoke to Yaya this week and he is tired because of the number of games he has played for Ivory Coast.
“But he is an important player for us and hopefully he can recover after winning the African Nations and be ready for Thursday.
“I will play a strong team against Porto. We want to win the Europa League because it is an important trophy."