Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims Carlos Tevez has been "perfect" since returning to training and is hungry for action.

Tevez is poised to make his first appearance for the club for exactly six months on Wednesday with Mancini expected to name him on the bench for the Barclays Premier League visit of Chelsea. The Argentinian has not played for City since falling into dispute with the club following the Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich but he has since apologised and returned to training.

Mancini said: "What happened with Carlo six months ago is in the past. Carlo is part of our plans for the last two months, he is a City player. I think Carlo in this moment wants to play football. He needs to play football, for him and for his future. He wants to play. I can see in training he is perfect, better than last year."

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