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Adebayor set to make return at Old Trafford

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is looking forward to welcoming Emmanuel Adebayor back to the club tomorrow.

The former Arsenal striker is set to return to the club when the team play Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup.

Adebayor has been on leave in Togo following the machine-gun attack on the national team coach before the African Nations Cup, which left three people dead.

He will not be involved in the fourth-round match but could return in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United on Wednesday.

City hold a 2-1 advantage and Mancini said: "We think he will be back on Sunday.

"It will be difficult for him to be ready for United but if he is OK after he gets back and he trains well, it's possible he will be on the bench."

Mancini intends to freshen up his side at Scunthorpe, with United and the prospect of a Wembley appearance in mind.

He is planning to give striker Carlos Tevez a rest and either Nigel de Jong or Gareth Barry in midfield, with Stephen Ireland poised to return.

"I have three or four players who are very tired," said the Italian. "Gareth and Nigel have played a lot recently, so we'll recall Stephen but probably not for the whole game."

Mancini has told his side to be on their guard against the Championship outfit.

Meanwhile, Mancini says Joleon Lescott could return against Hull on February 6 following a knee operation.

The former Everton defender has yet to play under the Italian.