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Tevez returns to training

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Unsettled Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has returned to the club's Carrington training ground on schedule.

Tevez was due to undergo a session on Tuesday afternoon following a four-day break in Tenerife.

The Argentina striker sat out the victory at the weekend against West Ham, which emphasised City's title credentials, as he was banned. But following the win news broke that Tevez had handed in a written transfer request - which has been rejected by the club.

It is understood he is unlikely to travel to Turin on Wednesday with the squad ahead of the Europa League match against Juventus.

Manager Roberto Mancini apparently made that decision before the weekend, knowing the game was a dead rubber.

Mancini is currently back in Italy for a minor operation and will probably not speak to Tevez before Friday.

City do not have a Barclays Premier League match until next Monday when they face Everton at Eastlands.

Mancini's first thoughts on Tevez will come on Wednesday when the Italian hosts a press conference in Turin. City and Lech Poznan are already through to the next stage of the tournament with Juventus, now second in Serie A, eliminated.

Tevez is one of a number of senior players who are expected to be rested. His absence could leave City short of attacking options as Roque Santa Cruz is not included on their squad list.

Mancini has already indicated that former Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli will travel, even though he was racially abused by some Juventus fans last season.

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Europa League
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Manchester City
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Everton
Mario Balotelli

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