Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has dismissed reports that Carlos Tevez wants to leave England and is confident that his striker will be fit for the Manchester derby on November 10.
“Carlos got a knock against Arsenal and this week it was impossible for him to play,” he said. “Now he is in Argentina because of a family problem, but he will come back on Monday morning and he will be available to play against West Brom next weekend.
“He never said anything to me about being homesick but this is normal if you are a foreign player in a different country away from your family for a long time.
“But Carlos has a job here, and he does a fantastic job here for us. Maybe sometimes, when Argentina have a friendly, it is better for him to stay here and recover, rather than going over there to play.”
In Tevez’s absence, fit-again Mario Balotelli and Emmanuel Adebayor are expected to lead City’s attack against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.
Mancini said: “Mario is still not 100% fit but he needs to play. He is a great player and he will be very important for us this season.
“He needs to start playing regularly for us because he has been injured since he signed for us. He had 20 minutes against Arsenal and now he must play.”