Carlos Tevez will miss FA Cup semi-final through injury

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is definitely out of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United, said manager Roberto Mancini.

The Argentine suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night’s defeat by Liverpool at Anfield and will be sidelined for “three to four weeks”.

“Tevez is not available for Saturday,” Mancini stated.

“I think he will recover in three or four weeks. It is a big problem but we can’t take any risks.”

Tevez’s absence is a considerable blow to Man City, who are bidding for a first piece of silverware for 35 years alongside their pursuit of a top-four finish in the league and the Champions League qualification that comes with it.

The 27-year-old has scored 22 goals in all competitions for the Eastlanders and is widely considered to be City’s most important player.

“It’s a big problem in this moment but we can’t take any risk because after this we have six games in the league and, hopefully, a Cup final,” said Mancini.

“My hope is that we have him back fit for the last couple of games in the league or the final.”

As to who might replace Tevez in attack, Mancini was reluctant to give anything away, saying: “I don’t yet know my starting XI. We have 48 hours still to decide.

“Every player knows this is an important match for the club. I trust all my players. We can reach the final if we play well and I’m sure every player, whoever I pick, will give 100% on Saturday.

“Whether Edin [Dzeko] or Mario [Balotelli] play… I don’t know. They both have a chance.”


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