Edin Dzeko’s winner in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory against West Brom yesterday has given manager Roberto Mancini something to think about ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Wigan Athletic.
The Bosnian forward's solitary strike after 35 minutes was enough to give the Citizens all three points last night (Tuesday) in what was a surprisingly even contest at the Etihad Stadium.
And Mancini admits his striker may have fired himself into contention for the trip to Wembley on Saturday.
"Yes, he could be (in contention). I am happy because he scored an important goal. We have four days to recover from this game, so he could be,” said Mancini.
“With his goal we are in the Champions League and probably in second position."
Dzeko has been the subject of interest from Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, however, Mancini insists the centre-forward is one of the best in the business.
He said: “In the end he has scored important goals this season. For me he is a top striker but he could score more. It is clear he didn't play all the games. I think he is one of the best in Europe but he can do better than this year."
Mancini rested eight players in the game against the Baggies, including influential midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivorian is a fitness doubt after being substituted at half-time in last week’s game at Swansea, but is expected to make the trip to the English capital for the showpiece event.
“Yaya was at home to sleep. Against Swansea he had a problem and we prefer he had a rest. We have four days and I need to see the players in the next couple of days. I will make the last decision on Saturday,” Mancini added.