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Tevez grabs goal for City reserves

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 21:59

Carlos Tevez scores at Ewen Fields in Hyde
Carlos Tevez scores at Ewen Fields in Hyde

Carlos Tevez marked his first public appearance in a Manchester City shirt for more than five months with a goal tonight as City's reserves beat Bolton 3-1 at Hyde.

Tevez, whose comeback after settling his dispute with the club began when he played 45 minutes behind closed doors last week, played in front of a crowd of around 1,000 and swelled by members of the media.

Tevez, who had come close with a first half free-kick, scored City's equaliser in the 51st minute when he finished off a cross from strike partner Harry Bunn from close range.

Tevez was substituted shortly after the strike but his performance will delight City boss Roberto Mancini, with whom he fell out following the notorious Champions League loss at Bayern Munich in September, when he was accused of refusing to warm up.

He spent more than three months in Argentina without the club's permission before reporting back to the club's training ground at Carrington a fortnight ago and expressing his desire to make up with Mancini.

Mancini has indicated he will consider Tevez for a first team return as soon as he is match fit, but warned last week: "After three months it is not easy to play. At this moment he can't play. Maybe in two weeks he could be ready."

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