Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is refusing to rule Carlos Tevez out of the FA Cup final, despite still being unsure about the Argentine’s fitness ahead of the Wembley final against Stoke City.
After limping out of City’s defeat to Liverpool last month, Tevez has played seven minutes for Mancini’s side, in victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.
But despite his lack of match practice, the City manager will give the forward until the morning of the game to prove his fitness.
“Carlos is getting better yesterday but we’ll need another two days to decide if he can play or not,” he said.
“I don’t know because we’re using these two days to recover our strength and then we will see. I think we will decide this Saturday morning.”
Mancini confirmed that Gareth Barry would be available against Stoke and that his squad was injury free heading into the weekend.
The 46-year-old has won the Italian Cup four times while manager of Fiorentina, Lazio and Inter Milan, but admitted an appearance in a Wembley final with City is extra special.
“I am excited for this because this is the first time. I saw this game on TV from Italy, and it was an important game.
“It is very important. In England the FA Cup is very important. For me it is the first time, for Manchester City it is the first time after so many years and I think it will be a good day. “
Tony Pulis has lost just once to Mancini in six meeting between the two and the former Italy international concedes his side will have to be at their best if they want to win their first trophy for 35 years.
"It is a strong team; a very difficult team and I think that if we want to win Saturday we will have to play very, very well. We have to play our best for the situation because I think that it will be very, very hard."