Carlos Tevez has not featured for Manchester City since his falling out with Roberto Mancini, but is poised for a first-team return this week.

The Argentine striker was accused of not wanting to warm up during City's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich back in September, but after his manager accepted an apology from the player, Tevez is now in contention for a recall.

Citizens defender Joleon Lescott is relishing the prospect of the possible return of his ex-skipper in Wednesday's Premier League clash with Chelsea.

He told Sky Sports: "He's like a new signing. He's not been injured so he is not going to be struggling too much in terms of sharpness and fitness.

"All the boys are excited and can't wait for him to get playing again."

Controversy has followed Tevez ever since moving to England. He saved West Ham from relegation from the Premier League in the 2006-07 campaign before joining Manchester United. However, Red Devils fans were angered two years later when he jumped ship to the blue side of Manchester.

The 28-year-old has scored 44 goals in 69 Premier League appearances in his first two years at the Etihad Stadium, and captained the side to their first trophy in 35 years - winning the FA Cup final last May.

Lescott added: "Over the last two years he has probably performed at the highest consistent level as anyone else, so none of us discourage what Carlos has done for the club and obviously what he continues to do.

"Obviously the situation was not great for the club and it looked bad for everyone, but it was dealt with and the bright side is now that we have got him back and got him in the team again."

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