Carlos Tevez return wanted

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has backed Carlos Tevez to return to first-team action, and help the club in the race for the Premier League title.

The controversial Argentine forward has been on the sidelines this season at the Etihad Stadium, with his refusal to come off the bench against Bayern Munich compounded by his decision to go AWOL.

However, with Tevez returning to fitness and City struggling to find the net of late, Richards wants the South American back in contention.

“I’m a big fan of Tevez. I’ve always said that I love him,” the England international told reporters, published by The Daily Mail.

“There were games last season when he carried us on his own; games like this where he would get a 1-0 win for us.

“Ultimately, it’s up to the manager but I’d love to see him back.

“We need to go back and see where we’re going wrong, and why we’re not scoring as many goals as we used to.

“Teams seem to be defending better against us. We were scoring four, fives and sixes and now we’ve gone through a spell where we’ve been struggling to score,” the full back admitted.

Despite slipping down to second in the standings at the weekend, Richards is still confident over City’s silverware charge, and knows that the race will go down to the wire.

“It’s not over but with United it’s always going to be hard to pip them. That’s the most disappointing thing. Having been first for so long, we’ve now slipped down to second.

“The result against Swansea has made that game even more massive now. But Chelsea is the next one and that will be tough – it’s a game we have to win now.

“We won’t give up until the end of the season. Everyone was saying last year when we got to the FA Cup Final that we wouldn’t win and it would be 20 years before we won a trophy, yet we did it. I still think we can do it again,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight