RM: Tevez must play before final

The Argentina striker missed last weekend’s semi-final win against

former side Manchester United with a hamstring injury. Tevez is now

engaged in a race against time to dismiss doubts surrounding his

fitness for the showpiece event against Stoke at Wembley on May 14.

He has opted to go to Italy to receive treatment from the Argentina

team doctor as he bids to give himself every chance to overcome his

injury. City face Tottenham in the league four days before the

final but Mancini maintains that if Tevez and fellow injured star

Jerome Boateng cannot play in that match, then they will not play

in the final. “Tevez has decided he wants to be with the

Argentinian physio for treatment,” Mancini said. “I think he has

confidence in his own physio. His injury is not easy to deal with

and he always works with this physio so it is not unusual for this

to happen. “He is doing well and I hope we can have him available

for the final but Carlos and Jerome will both have to play one game

before the final.” City will be keen for their talismanic captain

to return and add to his impressive 22-goal haul this season. He

added: “I would have liked him (to play against Manchester United).

I would have liked him on the pitch especially, but at this moment

he has a bad injury and it is important for him to recover. “He is

there for treatment, morning and afternoon, with the physio. He

will be [in Milan] seven to 10 days and then come back. “We have

another four weeks so I hope we can recover Carlos for the final.

His progress has been good.”