• Premier League

Tevez back in England for crunch talks

ESPN staff
February 14, 2012
Carlos Tevez's Manchester City future remains shrouded in doubt © PA Photos

Carlos Tevez has arrived back in Manchester ahead of showdown talks with his club Manchester City.

Tevez returned to England on Tuesday, having been in Argentina without City's permission since November 7.

The Premier League leaders expect the striker to report to their training base in Carrington for fitness tests, with Tevez saying on Monday he can be "back on the pitch in two weeks".

Tevez has not played for City since manager Roberto Mancini accused the Argentine of refusing to warm up during the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich in September.

However, he told Argentine TV on Monday he is ready to help City's bid for the title, despite claiming he has been treated "like a dog" by Mancini, because he wants to win back the support of the fans.

Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian is positive the player can feature for City again this season.

"He wants to come back, Manchester City have been very good with him as a club over the last couple of months," he told Sky SportsNews. "This has been a difficult situation for club and player, they have been very good in trying to resolve all the matters.

"We are at a point where both Carlos and, I hope Mancini feels the same way, that they can work together. The main objective, which Carlos says in his interview, if he can and he is permitted to get back on the pitch he will do his best to help City win the title.

"This is between Mancini and Carlos," he added. "I think they have pretty much resolved their issue behind closed doors. What is important is that the football takes over. One of the issues we have at the moment is that we have talked about everything but the football.

"The reality is that if Carlos can help City, and City want that help from Carlos to win the title between now until the end of the season, then that is what needs to happen and that is everyone's goal.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.