Sunday 23 September 2018

Tevez to face fans after comeback

CARLOS Tevez could make his first public appearance in a Manchester City shirt in almost five months next Tuesday following a 45-minute training ground outing for the club's reserves on Monday.

Tevez, who returned from an unauthorised three-month break in Buenos Aires two weeks ago before apologising to the club for his behaviour this season, pulled on a Manchester City shirt for the first time since the Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich last September.

He played in the first half of the second-string defeat against Preston North End, behind closed doors at Carrington.

City's first-team coach David Platt confirmed at the weekend that Tevez will play in a number of '11 versus 11' games before being considered for a first-team recall, and the Argentine is being lined up to play against Bolton reserves next week.

Should Tevez play in that game, it will be the first time he will have appeared in front of the club's supporters since the night in Munich, when he angered manager Roberto Mancini and was ultimately found guilty of five counts of misconduct by the club for refusing to warm-up as a substitute.

Against Preston, Tevez was watched by City's football administrator, Brian Marwood, and development executive Patrick Vieira as he played his first competitive football since mid-September.

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