Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Carlos Tevez can play a key role in the closing stages of the season.

Mancini has said he will accept Tevez's apology for his recent conduct and bring him back to train with the first team. The forward has not played since falling into dispute with the club last September but Mancini believes the striker could be match-fit again in two or three weeks.

Mancini said: "Carlos can't play in the Europa League but we will have four strikers for the Premier League and I think that will be good. If we go through in the Europa League it will be important to have four strikers."

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