Carlos Tevez appears poised to make his return for Manchester City in a rearranged reserve fixture on Tuesday.

City have officially confirmed a Central League Cup clash against Preston that was due to take place at Chorley FC on Wednesday has been brought forward 24 hours and will now be staged behind closed doors at their Carrington training ground.

The understanding is it will take the spotlight off Tevez who last Tuesday apologised "sincerely and unreservedly" for his conduct in recent months. That followed his return to the club after three and a half months in exile in the wake of his fallout with manager Robert Mancini in a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich at the end of September.

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