Carlo Tevez has moved a step closer towards the FA Cup final, according to reports.

The Argentine international was pictured in training with the Eastlands outfit yesterday, and took part in a full session and practice match in a bid to prove his fitness to Roberto Mancini.

Reports now claim the striker could even be involved in this weekend's fixture against Everton, with The Guardian stating the player has had a 'significant breakthrough' in his quest for fitness. It's unlikely that the Italian manager is unlikely to risk his star striker with a starting spot against the Toffees though.

Earlier in the week, Mancini admitted the forward was '50%' likely to face Stoke City at Wembley, with the medical staff at the club fearing the worst ahead of next weekend's showpiece.

However, the 27-year-olds work away from the club with his own doctor has proved beneficial, and a midweek return against Tottenham Hotspur could be used as a warm-up for the big final.


It leaves the Citizens with a selection dilemma, as Mancini ponders his attacking options. An improving Mario Balotelli will be keen to build-on his semi-final performance in the win over Manchester United, while Edin Dzeko has shown glimpses of the skill that persuaded the club to sign him.

Tevez remains the main man for his club though, and despite transfer speculation linking him away from the City of Manchester stadium it's unlikely that Mancini would turn to anyone else were their captain fit.

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