Chelsea clash not 'worth risk' for Tevez as striker eyes swift return
Published 22/03/2011 | 05:00
Carlos Tevez would have risked missing the rest of the season had he played for Manchester City against Chelsea on Sunday.
The City captain has suffered a tear to an adductor muscle on his right side and the decision was taken, after a fitness test, that he would have aggravated the injury further had he played.
As things stand, Tevez is expected to return in two to three weeks' time, which means he is in a race against time to be fit to face Sunderland away on Sunday, April 3 -- City's next Premier League match.
City lie in fourth place after Sunday's defeat at Stamford Bridge and with eight league games left face a battle to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. They will also want Tevez back for the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Saturday, April 16.
Assistant manager David Platt stated that it was too great a risk to play Tevez against Chelsea, although the Argentine was sorely missed as City slumped to a 2-0 defeat.
"He wants to play every football match, but to run the risk of maybe damaging the muscle would have meant he would have been out for a longer period," Platt said.
"With the games we have left and the cup semi-final, we didn't want to risk that. We have two weeks now and we believe we will be fine."
Stand-in captain Vincent Kompany maintained City have a "good chance" of finishing in the top four, which is the minimum requirement set for manager Roberto Mancini.
"My target is to win every game that is left," Kompany said. "The teams around us are not guaranteed to get all the points so there is still something to do."
If City fail to finish fourth, then the pressure will grow on Mancini, especially with the unrest caused by Mario Balotelli, signed for £24m, and the lack of a Premier League goal from £27m signing Edin Dzeko.
There is a great deal of support, however, for Mancini within the club's hierarchy. (© Daily Telegraph, London)