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Mancini cools Hargreaves injury row

Roberto mancini moved quickly yesterday to heal any potential rift with Manchester United over Owen Hargreaves' injury claims, insisting that his new player must not get ahead of himself as he looks to relaunch his career.

Mancini said that he doesn't believe United mistreated Hargreaves and that the midfielder simply got caught up with the adrenalin of his long-awaited return.

"Just because he played and scored a goal it's important that we don't think he can play on Saturday or next week. When we took him, we thought we could have him in the team in a few months and that would be okay. But he has played already.

"For us it's more important to think about the player and his body. If everything is okay with his body, then maybe he can play against United in a few weeks. I don't know the situation and what has happened with United."

Hargreaves will not be involved against Everton today, a side who have enjoyed a fine recent record over City, having won five out of the last six games.

One player who is likely to figure is Carlos Tevez. But the former captain, who failed to engineer a move away from the Etihad Stadium in the summer, has been warned he faces a further demotion down the order.

"Carlos is not 100pc fit at the moment," Mancini said. "He needs to play and find some good form. He understands that we have other strikers who played well and are scoring goals."

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