Tevez faces club hearing today before going home


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Carlos Tevez is expected to fly home to Argentina today after submitting himself for interview by the Manchester City inquiry team investigating manager Roberto Mancini's claims that the striker refused an order to play against Bayern Munich last Tuesday.

Tevez will be accompanied only by an interpreter and will not take legal representation into the meeting, which he views as his first opportunity to give his side of events in the Allianz Arena which led Mancini to declare the player "finished" at City. He has the club's approval to return to Argentina afterwards and has agreed to return at 24 hours' notice if he is required. Tevez is expecting to be interviewed by one member of City's human resources department and possibly one of the club's legal team.

The interview will not take place either at the Etihad Stadium or Carrington, as City seek to avoid a media mêlée. The club are yet to conclude interviews with all of the players who were on the bench in Munich, though it is understood that the coaching staff have now been questioned.

Tevez's desire to return to Argentina is born of a desire to remove his wife and daughters from the levels of scrutiny that have followed him since the events of last Tuesday night. Since he feels his only direct contact from the club has been last Thursday's solicitors' letter indicating that he would be suspended for two weeks, Tevez is understood to feel keen to put his side across.

Scans have not yet been undertaken on Sergio Aguero, who sustained a groin injury 27 minutes into Saturday's win at Blackburn, but the club expect him to be out for two to three weeks. That could make him a doubt for the vital Champions League tie with Villarreal on 18 October and the Manchester derby at Old Trafford five days later.