Carlos Tevez made his first appearance in a Manchester City shirt for five months on Tuesday in a reserve match played behind closed doors.

The 28-year-old striker has not turned out for City since refusing to warm up as a substitute in a Champions League match at Bayern Munich in September.

But Tevez played the first half of the 3-1 defeat by Preston before being replaced.

Manager Roberto Mancini was not present to witness Tevez’s return.

Tevez spent over three months in his native Argentina after City vowed he would never play for the club again.

But he has since apologised and could make a first-team return before the end of the season as Mancini’s Premier League leaders look to secure the title.

The reserve fixture was to have been held at nearby non-league side Chorley FC on Wednesday but was brought forward a day. It was staged privately at City’s training ground.

Club ambassador and former City player Patrick Vieira witnessed Tevez’s first match in a City shirt since the 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Birmingham on 21 September.

Without Tevez, City have utilised the skills of Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko in different combinations up front.

The trio have scored 39 goals between them this term and all were on target in Saturday’s 3-0 home victory against Blackburn.

Source: BBC

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