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Mancini: Tevez could return next week

ROBERTO Mancini has confirmed that Carlos Tevez could be back playing for Manchester City as early as next week.

Tevez has now been fully re-integrated into the Eastlands squad and as candid training shots reveal today, the Manchester City backroom staff and players are delighted to have him back.

Manchester City don’t have a game until next Wednesday, when they meet Chelsea, and Mancini is hopeful that he will be ready by then.

“We will see in the next week. It depends on Carlo,” claimed the Manchester City boss.

“If Carlo is okay then probably, but it depends on a lot of things,” he added.

The 28-year-old's return could give the team a timely lift after defeat at Swansea on Sunday saw them surrender top spot in the Premier League to arch-rivals Manchester United.