CARLOS TEVEZ continued his Manchester City rehabilitation with a goalscoring appearance for the reserves which could see him start against Sunderland this weekend.
The Argentina striker, who has played as a substitute in the last two Premier League games after a six-month absence, scored one and made another in a 6-1 rout of Morecambe.
It is the second goal the 28-year-old has scored for City's elite development squad since returning to training a month ago.
His performance will increase speculation he could start Saturday's first-team clash against the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium.
Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves also started the Central League game at Morecambe, while Spanish youngster Joan Angel Roman scored a hat-trick.
Meanwhile, Tevez's fellow City striker Sergio Aguero remains confident of victory in the Premier League title race.
City have led the table for most of the season but now trail rivals Manchester United by three points with eight games remaining.
Even if they fall short, City are expected to strengthen for next season but Aguero is not thinking about that.
The Argentine, who has scored 24 goals this season, said: "Why wait until next season if we can win it now?
"I can promise you that we'll be fighting until the very end.
"We all want to make it and though it won't be easy, we believe we can win the Premier League this season.
"Winning titles is about never giving up and we will never give up.
"I want to win it this season and then many more with City after that."
Aguero missed last weekend's 1-1 draw at Stoke with an ankle injury but the club are hopeful he will be fit to face Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.