Tevez may not be ‘finished’ at Manchester City
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini said yesterday he does not know whether Carlos Tevez will play for the club again.
Tevez is now the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings after an investigation into his alleged refusal to play against Bayern Munich a fortnight ago concluded he does have a case to answer.
Journalists at Mancini's pre-planned press conference ahead of today's game against Aston Villa were told Tevez discussion was off limits but that did not prevent the subject arising.
When asked whether the 27-year-old Argentinian still has a future at the club, Mancini said: “I don't know.”
That remark will undoubtedly be analysed for its meaning as Mancini said, more definitively, that Tevez was “finished” at City after the Champions League loss at the Allianz Arena.
Tevez returned from his suspension to train alone at the club's Carrington complex on Thursday but Mancini was denied the opportunity to say whether he would be available for selection during the disciplinary process.
A City official read a statement saying: “We have been unable to allow questions about Carlos Tevez today, either to Carlos in general, his alleged conduct on the night in question, or the ramifications of that conduct.
“Questions also in relation to his future at the club are strictly off limits today and won't be answered. Breaches of this will result in the press conference being suspended.”
Tevez's case may not be resolved until December if it runs its full course, which would include two rights of appeal. However, Mancini did give an indication that Tevez was not in his plans for the Villa game.
“We have three strikers at this moment,” he said, although he added he would not take risks with the almost fit-again Sergio Aguero after an adductor injury.