Tevez from the off is the word
- 27 March 2012 08:52
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Speculation is rife that Carlos Tevez is poised to make his first start since his return in this morning's media coverage.
But then again Sergio Aguero is winning his fitness race - or maybe not. All eyes are already turning to this Saturday's game against Sunderland, and United's win over Fulham on Monday night has only increased the focus on the visit of Martin O'Neill's side. But it's not just up front where we are hoping for good news on the fitness front.
The Mail reports that, "Manchester City are confident their title chances will be boosted by the return of Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany this weekend but there continue to be lingering doubts about the recovery of Joleon Lescott.
"All three players missed the 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Saturday and watched from the sidelines as City dropped more vital points away from home.
But it is understood that centre forward Aguero is certain to recover from the sore foot that kept him out and will face Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
"Captain Vincent Kompany has stepped up training and has a very good chance of playing for the first time since injuring his groin in Sporting Lisbon two-and-half weeks ago. Lescott, though, has received a course of injections to aid his injured groin and has been told to rest."
But it's the former skipper who takes centre-stage in the Express, with talk that after a couple of substitute appearances he could be lining up when 3pm rolls around on Saturday.
"ROBERTO MANCINI is ready to hand Carlos Tevez his first start since September on Saturday to revive Manchester City’s flagging Premier League title hopes.
"Leading scorer Sergio Aguero is facing a fight to be fit for the home game against Sunderland after missing the 1-1 draw at Stoke with an ankle injury.
"He has made only two substitute appearances since ending five months of disciplinary problems, and Mancini said last week he would need more pitch-time before he could start a game.
"But Mancini is reconsidering that view, especially as Tevez will have had another week to improve his fitness by the weekend.
"It is understood Mancini and his coaching staff are centring their plans around Tevez starting at the weekend."