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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Hart: Don't blame Tevez

ESPN staff

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart insists Carlos Tevez will be no more culpable than anyone else in the squad if Roberto Mancini's side fail to clinch the Premier League title.

City are two points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table, and Tevez is poised to make his first-team playing comeback imminently following his self-imposed three-month exile in Argentina.

He scored for the reserves against Bolton on Tuesday and is set to play a part over the final 11 games of the Premier League season as City aim to clinch the crown for the first time.

The striker could yet prove a disruptive influence in the dressing room across the closing weeks of the campaign - but no matter what happens, Hart will not be rushing to place any blame on Tevez's shoulders.

"A lot of people will say that but, personally, I won't," Hart told the Daily Mirror. "If we don't win the league, it will be our own fault. That includes Carlos, myself - everyone. I'm not interested in what's perceived outside of the club. All I'm interested in is what's going on inside the club and how we can win the league.

"If that means Carlos coming back, scoring a hat-trick and everyone saying he's the greatest player in the world, so be it. I couldn't care less."

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