x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Return to fitness Tevez's priority after flying back to Manchester

The 28 year old was met by a large gathering of photographers and television cameramen as he and his family walked through Manchester Airport after travelling overnight from Buenos Aires.

Carlos Tevez, centre, arrives with his family, a British Police security escort and media following at Manchester Airport.
Carlos Tevez, centre, arrives with his family, a British Police security escort and media following at Manchester Airport.

Carlos Tevez arrived back at Manchester City's training ground earlier tonight for an appointment with a club doctor.

The City striker flew back into the north west of England yesterday afternoon after more than three months' unauthorised leave in his native Argentina.

The 28 year old was met by a large gathering of photographers and television cameramen as he and his family walked through Manchester Airport after travelling overnight from Buenos Aires.

After a brief stop at his home, he then went on to the club's training complex at Carrington, for an examination with medical staff.

Tevez said earlier on Argentina television that he would be fit enough to play in two weeks but the club intend to make their own assessment.

Tevez has decided to return to resume his City career after failing to secure a move during last month's transfer window.

"The most important thing for me is to return to get fit," he told Fox Sports.

Tevez has not played for City since being accused of refusing to warm up during the infamous Champions League defeat at Bayern Munich in September.

He was suspended and later fined by the club after that incident and then flew back to Argentina without permission in November. The club have since fined him another six weeks' wages.

After failing with an initial appeal to the club against that sanction, he lodged another appeal with the Premier League.

Roberto Mancini, the City manager, initially said Tevez was "finished" at the club after the Munich episode, but the Italian has recently appeared open to the possibility of the former captain playing for the team again.

Mancini, however, has previously stated Tevez would need to apologise to be considered for selection.

Tevez also said in his Argentina interview: "I do not think I was wrong, but if they [the club] think so I apologise.

"I am ready to return, to win and do the best for the club's shirt."