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Threat of jail 'doesn't seem to bother Carlos' – Zabaleta

Since being charged last month, Tevez has scored five goals in four games and his City team-mate, Pablo Zabaleta, insists that the forward has been unaffected by his imminent court appearance.

"It doesn't (seem to bother him)," Zabaleta said. "Roberto (Mancini) said the last time (after he was charged and scored a hat-trick against Barnsley) he hopes the police will stop him again because it looks like for him it is a great motivation.

"It was just a small mistake by Carlos. He knows now he has to be calm, otherwise he is going to be in trouble. Now he has got some friends to bring him to Carrington (training ground) every day."

Meanwhile, City defender Matija Nastasic faces a battle to be fit to face United at Old Trafford on Monday after suffering an infection in a foot injury. However, England defender Micah Richards is close to a return following five months out with a knee injury.

Irish Independent