Manchester City's star striker Carlos Tevez is said to be winning his race for a return to fitness, and is set to feature in the Citizens two most important games of the season.

The Argentina international returned to Manchester this week to step up his recovery, and enjoyed a light training session at Carrington having spent two weeks in Italy receiving treatment on a hamstring tear.

Tevez was injured in the Barclays Premier League clash at Liverpool on April 11, and wasted little time by flying out to Milan two days later to link up with Argentinian FA doctor Daniel Martinez.

Treatment has gone well, with a source close to the Milan clinic confirming: "The doctor is delighted with the progress Carlos is making.


"He is ahead of schedule. He is already running again and although muscle injuries can recur if rehabilitation is not handled correctly, Carlos should be fit for the FA Cup final.

"In fact, Carlos is confident that he will be ready for the Tottenham game, if not before."

City manager Roberto Mancini is adamant Tevez will not be rushed back, and has called for him to prove his fitness ahead of the two season-defining encounters.

Tevez himself has targeted a return against Everton at Goodison Park on May 7, but the Eastlands medical team feel that may be too early.

They believe the crucial home clash with Spurs just three days later on May 10 is a more realistic goal, ahead of the Wembley final on Sunday May 14.

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