Carlos Tevez may have to play against Lech Poznan


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may be forced to start with Carlos Tevez in his side for Thursday's Europa League encounter with Polish side Lech Poznan.

Mancini had been hoping to rest the in-form 26-year-old Argentina international who has featured in 11 of City's 13 games in all competitions so far, with Sunday's brace in the 3-2 victory at Blackpool bringing his goal tally for the season up to seven.

However, Mancini currently has a lack of strikers at his disposal as Roque Santa Cruz was not included in the squad for the Europa League while Mario Balotelli remains sidelined by a knee injury and Jo is a doubt.

Former Inter Milan boss Mancini admitted:"We must see if Jo is available, but most of the others are OK. Only Mario (Balotelli) and Kolarov are out, but probably are fine for the next game. Kolo (Toure) is not available either for Poznan.

"I will only decide on whether I rest Carlos after training on Thursday. We will probably make changes because after the Europa League game we only have just over two days to recover for Arsenal. But we want to win on Thursday, it's an important game for us.

"I am happy with Manu (Emmanuel Adebayor). At the moment we only have Manu, Carlos and Jo to choose from because Roque is not on the list for European games. We will have to wait to see if Jo recovers, but I was happy with the way Manu played at Blackpool.

"We must concentrate on this game, because Poznan is a good side who played well against Juventus. They are a good football side and we will have to play at our best.

"The Europa League is an important competition and we want to win trophies. There is a good chance to get to the final but we must focus. If we win tomorrow, we will give ourselves a good chance of getting into the next round."

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