Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is set to return from injury in time for the FA Cup final against Stoke City, with a cameo appearance against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.
The Argentine striker has been out of action since picking up a hamstring injury against Liverpool last month, and was rated as very doubtful for the showcase final at Wembley.
But Roberto Mancini, who stated that Tevez had to be involved in tonight's game against Spurs to stand any chance to making the cup final, will call upon his star man from the bench tonight.
"Carlos can probably be on the bench. I’m disappointed because if we had won the game at Everton it was finished (race for fourth) and we could have prepared well for the final." said Mancini.
The news comes as a massive boost to City as they struggle to find goals at the top end of the pitch.
The misfiring Edin Dzeko and the misbehaving Mario Balotelli have failed to shine up-front for the Eastlands club and with 22 goals this season, 12 more than any other City player, Tevez's importance to the side can't be stressed enough.
Without him however, City surged past Manchester United in the semi-final of the cup, before putting themselves in pole position for the fourth Champions League spot after victories over Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.
Despite defeat at Everton on Saturday, a win over Tottenham on Tuesday will guarantee Mancini's side a place in the top four.