Manchester City's controversial Argentinean, Carlos Tevez, could be in line to make his first Premier League appearance in six months. Tevez, who left the club without permission following a spat with manager Roberto Mancini over his reluctance to come on as a substitute during City's Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, could be set to welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on 22 March.
City have had a wonderful season so far, although their recent elimination from both the Champions League and then the Europa League, as well as being replaced by rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table means they are in a tight spot right now.
However, City goalkeeper Joe Hart feels that the addition of Tevez, at such a vital time in the season, will definitely make a difference... especially with only 10 games left to play.
"I haven't actually trained with him. But those who have assure me he's doing really well. It's down to the manager to assess it. But a fully fit and firing Carlos has got to be a positive for us. We've got energy in the team and we've got a lot of firepower. But Carlos brings us more of that," The Sun quoted Hart as saying.
"The strikers who are here now have got us in a position where we could get a record points tally in the league. But having Carlos back will be like a new signing. That's a good way of putting it," he added.
Hart's team mate, James Milner is of a similar opinion and said that Mancini's decision was a good one.
"The manager is a winner. He wants to win the league. So I'm sure that if he feels Carlos Tevez can help him win football matches then he'll pick him. We've got to draw a line under what happened. Once the manager brought Carlos back into the squad there was never going to be a problem as far as the other players were concerned," goal.com quoted Milner as saying.
"He is good enough to make a big difference to any team in the world. You want those players with you rather than against you. We are in a position where every little thing can make a big difference," he added.
City, who have managed to score more than a 100 goals, in all competitions, this season, have actually done quite well for themselves without Tevez. However, Mancini will know that despite their impressive performances, the club is in real danger of not winning silverware this season and could be willing to forgive and forget, in order to have his 28-year-old star striker around.