Midfielder David Silva has welcomed Carlos Tevez's return to Manchester City and backed the Argentinian to play a key role in the title race.

Silva met Tevez at the training ground on Thursday morning as the process of reintegrating the striker into the Barclays Premier League leaders' first-team squad began. Manager Roberto Mancini said on Wednesday that Tevez could be back playing in two or three weeks after accepting an apology from the 28-year-old for his recent conduct.

"I just saw him this morning for the first time at training. I just wished him all the very best before he left. He was a very important player for us. If he is back with us, then perfect," said Silva.

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