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Tevez fights the flab

I ATE and ate over summer, admits City’s unsettled star.

Manchester City forward |Carlos Tevez has admitted to battling a weight problem this summer as |he struggles to regain full fitness.

The Argentine says he had a |“personal crisis” after a difficult close-season in which he struggled for his country at the Copa America and endured speculation over his future at the Etihad Stadium.

“I'm not the sh*t that they say I am. I had a personal crisis this summer,” Tevez insisted. “I put on five or six kilos and had to check myself into a clinic. I was depressed and so I ate and ate.”

Tevez is yet to regain full fitness this season, and has made just one 22-minute substitute appearance in the 3-2 win at Bolton on August 21. While he is City's top scorer for the past two seasons, Tevez has found himself outside of the team as Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, both signed this year, have between them scored nine of City's 12 Premier League goals so far this season.

Tevez had a poor Copa America, starting Argentina's first two games but, after failing to score, was dropped. He came on as a substitute in the quarter-final against Uruguay, but he missed the only penalty in the 5-4 shoot-out defeat.

Argentina coach Sergio Batista was dismissed, but Tevez insists it was not his fault.

“People can criticise me if I don't play well,” he said, “but they can't say ‘he missed a penalty so the coach would be sacked'. It's the bad feeling towards me that I can't stand.”

Batista's replacement, Alejandro Sabella, did not include the former Manchester United forward in his team for the Venezuela and Nigeria friendlies on Friday and Tuesday.

“When I picked the squad, Tevez was not playing for Manchester City and gained weight,” Sabella said.

“Good players like him are always in my plans.”