Mancini could play Tevez
Man City boss Roberto Mancini could be forced to utilise captain Carlos Tevez against Lech Poznan.
Last Updated: 20/10/10 3:18pm
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could be forced to utilise captain Carlos Tevez against Lech Poznan.
The Italian tactician had hoped to rest the Argentina international, who has been a key figure this term, for their Europa League clash.
However, with doubts over Jo's fitness, Roque Santa Cruz unavailable and Mario Balotelli out, Mancini is surprisingly short of options.
Mancini will give a late fitness test to Jo and is hoping Tevez does not feature to ensure he is 100 per cent for their mouth-watering Premier League fixture with Arsenal.
City's manager is looking to make changes for Thursday's game and insists he is happy with Emmanuel Adebayor despite the striker's below-par weekend display at Blackpool.
"We must see if Jo will be available, but most of the others are okay," Mancini told the club's official website.
"Only Mario and (Aleksandar) Kolarov are out, but probably are fine for the next game. Kolo 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, so we will make changes because of that. But we want to win on Thursday, it's an important game for us."
He continued. "I am happy with Manu.
"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."