Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tevez set for Chelsea comeback despite fury at Mancini

Jason Burt

CARLOS TEVEZ hopes to return to England on Thursday but is furious with the way Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has handled his compassionate leave following the premature birth of his daughter, who is in intensive care.

The striker is understood to believe that Mancini has reacted insensitively to his plight and has told friends that this is symptomatic of the way the Italian has run the club since he succeeded Mark Hughes at the end of last year.

City will hope Tevez's understandably emotional reaction is down to the fact that his daughter has been ill and unable to breathe unaided since her premature birth a week ago last Saturday. The club will also argue that undue emphasis has been placed on Mancini's words, in the wake of the goalless draw at home to Liverpool on Sunday, when he said he had "ordered" Tevez to return.

Mancini's grasp of English is still imprecise and the club said he did not intend to indicate that Tevez had been insubordinate or that the manager was demanding his immediate return.

Nevertheless, Tevez has taken exception, not only to Mancini's words, but the claim that he has not kept City fully informed of developments following Katie's birth.


Tevez, who has been at the hospital in Buenos Aires since his partner Vanesa gave birth, is hoping that Katie will come out of intensive care today. If that happens he will fly back to England on Thursday and be available to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime on Saturday.

"When your child is in intensive care, it is a very serious matter," his advisor Kia Joorabchian said. "He is having to go through a very difficult period.

"The signs are very positive in terms of his daughter's recovery. He was determined to get back for the Liverpool game but unfortunately the situation didn't get much better.

"However, she has got better over the weekend and Carlos hopes things will get better, for his daughter's sake and because he wants to get back and play."

Tevez flew back to Argentina the weekend before last, as he prepared to face Stoke City in an FA Cup tie, after Vanesa prematurely gave birth. He missed the birth but remained in his homeland since, so was unavailable for the Liverpool game, and will miss tomorrow's Cup replay against Stoke.

The last thing that Mancini needs is a rift with Tevez. City have already lost their record signing, Robinho, who has returned to Brazil on loan, while Emmanuel Adebayor has just recently returned to action following the horrific gun attack on the Togo team bus in Angola.

Last night Joorabchian confirmed that Tevez had been training during his absence with the Argentine national team. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

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