Carlos Tevez may be out for two weeks and will almost certainly miss Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United, after sustaining a hamstring injury in a wretched defeat at Anfield last night.
Manager Roberto Mancini said it would be "very difficult" for the 25-year-old, who has only just recovered from a groin tear and is clearly feeling the effects of City's huge dependence on him. "We will try for him but I don't think he will play. We should think about the other six games in the Premier League," Mancini said. The doubts about Tevez's fitness for the visit to Blackburn, a week on Monday, are grave for a side who have collected just two points from six away games.
In a bizarre post-match analysis, Mancini said he was "disappointed with myself because I made a mistake" and took entire responsibility for a game which reversed the scoreline from the Eastlands encounter between the sides. Mancini would not specify what his mistake was, though when pressed he appeared to suggest that he had underestimated Liverpool and told his players to keep Saturday's semi-final in mind. "Probably I thought that if we played this game not 100 per cent that we [could] do well but football is not like this," he said. "Probably our focus was not good. It is very important for me to understand this."
His players were to blame. Mario Balotelli, who replaced Tevez but was substituted, "didn't play very well" Mancini admitted. "But I am sure we will get to the Champions League and the FA Cup final," he concluded.
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