FA Cup news

Tevez struggling to prove fitness

May 5, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed doubt over the chances of captain Carlos Tevez featuring in the FA Cup final.

Carlos Tevez
GettyImagesCarlos Tevez needs to prove his fitness for the FA Cup final

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Tevez sustained a hamstring injury during the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool last month but was initially expected to return in time to face Stoke at Wembley on May 14.

However, City now have only two games to restore Tevez's match fitness and Mancini has warned he will have to play against Everton on Saturday or Tottenham on Tuesday if he is to be part of the FA Cup final side.

"I think Carlos needs to train because it's impossible to play without training," he said. "We have ten days. We are waiting."

He added: "It is very difficult for him to play against Everton and, if he doesn't play against Tottenham, it will be impossible for Carlos to play in the final."

Micah Richards, though, is making good progress from his hamstring injury and Mancini said the defender is "very close" to a return and could be on the bench at Goodison Park this weekend.