Carlos Tevez set for bench return for Manchester City v Chelsea

MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hinted that controversial striker Carlos Tevez could be named on the bench for Wednesday night’s Barclays Premier League game against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

Tevez has not played for Manchester City since September, following a public dispute with the manager, but after apologizing and returning to training the last five weeks, the Argentine international has been tipped for a return.

Manchester City trail leaders and defending champions Manchester United by four points and need a win to keep tabs on the city rivals.

Meanwhile Joleon Lescott (groin) has been ruled out and Vincent Kompany (calf) has been ruled very doubtful for the contest.

In Chelsea news, interim manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that captain and central defender John Terry will miss the game as he’s still feeling the strain in his knee.

He expects him to be back for Saturday’s game.

Di Matteo said: “I expect JT to be ok for Saturday, it’s only short term, we were lucky he came back so early.

“He’s a crucial member of our team and good leader on the pitch. It’s better when he’s available but he’ll be ok for Tottenham, I have to manage everybody not just one player.’

Manchester City vs Chelsea Teams

Manchester City (squad): Hart, Pantilimon, Richards, Zabaleta, Kompany, Savic, K Toure, Clichy, Kolarov, Johnson, Milner, De Jong, Y Toure, Barry, Pizarro, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli, Dzeko, Tevez.

Chelsea (squad): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Bertrand, Mikel, Essien, Meireles, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Malouda, Drogba, Torres, Sturridge, Kalou, Turnbull.

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