Man City boss Mancini highlights Argentine's importance after his assist helps Nasri wrap up 2-1 win over Chelsea
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes it will be another 10 days before Carlos Tevez is back to his best. After six months out following his major fall-out with Mancini and the City hierarchy, Tevez came off the bench to inspire a 2-1 comeback triumph over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Twinkle toes: Manchester City's Carlos Tevez dribbles past Chelsea's
Frank Lampard & Michael Essien. Pics/Getty Images
Trailing for the first time on home soil this season through Gary Cahill's deflected opener, Tevez was involved in the early stages of the attack that brought the hosts level thanks to Sergio Aguero's penalty. Five minutes from time, the Argentine played a deft through-ball which Samir Nasri touched past Petr Cech. "Carlos is not 100% but that is normal," said Mancini.
"But he knows the football. That was important because he did an incredible assist for Samir. What happened with him finished one month ago. When Carlos came back and everything was finished.
"I have spoken to Carlos every day in the last month. If he can find good form in 10 days that would be important for us. Now, it is important for him to play some games for us, him and his future."
60th minute: Blues open the scoring after City goalkeeper Joe Hart (centre) fails to stop Gary Cahill's deflected effort
70th minute: Referee points to the penalty spot after Chelsea's Michael Essien blocks a shot with his arms inside the penalty box. Sergio Aguero brings City level
86th minute: Samir Nasri (right) latches on to a Tevez pass and scores with an exquisite chip over goalkeeper Petr Cech (left) to win it for Man City
Rooney says sorry for breaking fan's wrist
Wayne Rooney apologised to a nine-year-old Man Utd fan Jamie Thomas after the striker accidentally broke the boy's wrist with a stray shot during the pre-match warm-up before Utd's 5-0 win at Wolves on Sunday.
He tweeted: "I want to apologise to Jamie Thomas. I have arranged for a letter and a signed shirt to be sent to his home address."