Monday 26 February 2018

City set to interview homebound Tevez

Ian Herbert

carlos tevez is expected to fly home to Argentina today after submitting himself for interview by the Manchester City inquiry team investigating manager Roberto Mancini's claims that the striker refused an order to play against Bayern Munich last Tuesday.

Tevez will be accompanied only by an interpreter and will not take legal representation into the meeting, which he views as his first opportunity to give his side of events in the Allianz Arena which led Mancini to declare the player "finished" at City.

The former City skipper has the club's approval to return to Argentina afterwards and has agreed to return at 24 hours' notice if he is required.

Tevez is expecting to be interviewed by one member of City's human resources department and possibly one of the club's legal team at a secret location in an effort to avoid a media circus.

The club are yet to conclude interviews with all of the players who were on the bench in Munich, though it is understood that the coaching staff have now all been questioned.

Tevez's desire to return to Argentina is born of a desire to remove his wife and daughters from the levels of scrutiny that have followed him since the events of last Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, scans have not yet been undertaken on Sergio Aguero, who sustained a groin injury 27 minutes in Saturday's win at Blackburn, but the club expect him to be out for two to three weeks.

That could make him a doubt for the vital Champions League tie with Villarreal on October 18 and the Manchester derby at Old Trafford five days later.

Aguero's injury will very much turn the spotlight on to Mario Balotelli, who produced a razor-sharp performance in the 4-0 win at Ewood Park. Balotelli, who was preferred to the Edin Dzeko Bosnian in City's starting line-up, capped a superb individual performance when he stole in front of Steven Nzonzi to stab home his side's second on the hour.

Adam Johnson had given City the lead three minutes earlier, and later goals from Samir Nasri and Stefan Savic heaped more woe on beleaguered Blackburn boss Steve Kean, with a large section of fans calling for his head.

In the post-match absence of City boss Roberto Mancini, first-team coach David Platt said: "What Mario has been doing in the last six or seven weeks is (finding) consistency in his training. Mario has had a lot of column inches in the last 12 months and a lot of it has been negative. All the criticism he has got is fine but now I think he deserves the plaudits as well. (© Independent News Service)

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