Mancini will pick Tevez again

Manchester City boss to meet with striker

Carlos Tevez: Set to meet with Roberto Mancini

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed that he is willing to pick Carlos Tevez again, after he apologised for his actions.

Tevez issued an apology on Tuesday for his recent conduct, which has seen him not play for the club since September before a three-month unauthorised break in Argentina.

Mancini has now confirmed that he has accepted Tevez's apology and he will meet him on Thursday for talks, but admitted that he expects him to be ready in two to three weeks.

Asked if he had forgiven him, he told ESPN: "Yeah, yeah.

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"I checked what Carlos said, in his statement and tomorrow I will talk with him."

After the infamous incident at Bayern Munich, where Tevez refused to warm-up again, Mancini stated he was 'finished'.

But the Italian insists that is now longer an issue, saying: "One week after Munich I called him and I said 'Carlos apologise to everyone and it is finished', I don't have a problem."

He revealed he would soon be back in the reckoning for selection.

"He needs maybe two or three weeks to find good form, after this he will be okay and will play like the other players.

"Carlo knows the team very well. In the last six or seven months the team has played very well and are top of the Premier League.

"But Carlo is a top striker. He can help us to do a good job in the next two months."

Pleased

Meanwhile, PFA chief Gordon Taylor admits he is relieved Tevez is patching up his relationship with City.

Taylor told Sky Sports News: "I hate seeing such top quality players in trouble with their clubs and in trouble with the game.

"This has gone on for too long and it's a real positive step for football, for Carlos Tevez and Manchester City. I'm very glad, having dealt with him and represented him.

"Sorry has been said; sometimes it's the hardest word. Sometimes if you can grasp that nettle early on it makes life so much better for all parties, that's what we're about in football: respect."

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