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Tevez may have to face Poznan

  • 20 October 2010 11:34
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

Carlos Tevez may not be rested against Lech Poznan as Roberto Mancini weighs up his options for Thursday night's Europa League tie.

The manager had previously expressed his wish to give the Blues skipper some time off, but a combination of injuries and constraints from rulings over the make-up of the squad mean that the Argentinean may have to play.

Roque Santa Cruz cannot play as he was omitted from the squad City submitted for this competition, but Mario Balotelli is still unavailable and there is a slight concern over Jo, leaving the manager with fewer options than he would like.

"We must see if Jo will be available, but most of the others are OK. Only Mario and Kolarov are out, but probably are fine for the next game. Kolo is not available either for Poznan," he declared.

"I will only decide on whether I rest Carlos after training tomorrow. We will probably make changes because after the Europa League game we only have just over two days to recover for Arsenal, so we will make changes because of that. But we want to win on Thursday, it's an important game for us."

Emmanuel Adebayor has yet to score this season, but Mancini is pleased with the striker who has had to contend with his own injury problems in the opening weeks of the season.

"I am happy with Manu," added the boss. "At the moment we only have Manu, Carlos and Jo to choose from because Roque is not on the list for European games. We will have to wait to see if Jo recovers, but I was happy with the way Manu played at Blackpool."

City and Lech Poznan have a win and a draw for their opening two games, and with the Polish side a touch unlucky not to have come away from Turin with only a point against Juventus, Mancini is well aware the dangers they pose.

"We must concentrate on this game, because Poznan is a good side who played well against Juventus. They are a good football side, and we will have to play at our best," he said. "The Europa League is an important competition and we want to win trophies, there is a good chance to get to the final but we must focus. If we win tomorrow, we will give ourselves a good chance of getting into the next round."

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