Zabaleta welcomes Tevez return
Pablo Zabaleta is hoping Carlos Tevez will be fit to face West Brom, providing Man City with a welcome boost.
Last Updated: 05/11/10 1:50pm
Pablo Zabaleta is hoping Carlos Tevez will be fit to face West Brom, providing Manchester City with a welcome boost.
The Blues have suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions, piling pressure on boss Roberto Mancini and sparking reports of unrest within the Eastlands camp.
They will, however, get the opportunity to make amends on Sunday when they travel to West Brom.
City's chances of taking maximum points from that contest will be aided considerably if club captain Tevez is welcomed back from a thigh injury.
He is back in England following a break in Argentina and Zabaleta, who skippered the side in Thursday's 3-1 Europa League defeat to Lech Poznan, is desperate to see his fellow countryman return to the starting XI.
He said: "It's nice to hear the news that Carlos is back. He is one of our best players at the moment, and when he plays you have a lot of possibilities to win.
"Everyone is important for the team, but we know Carlos is a great player. When he is out of the team, it is not the same - he is our captain and a great player.
"The fact he is back is very positive, and we all hope we see him run out on Sunday."
Meanwhile, Zabaleta is refusing to get caught up in the doom and gloom which has greeted City's shock setback against Poznan.
He believes the club's European ambitions remain intact and is confident they can bounce back from a disappointing showing in midweek.
"We are disappointed, it's a bad result, and we had a great chance to win this game," he said.
"We were unlucky to concede that second goal in the last five minutes but you never know what will happen until the last minute.
"We still have seven points, and the draw between Juventus and Salzburg is a good result for us, though it's really bad when you have to say that, because you have to try to win every game.
"If we want to be a great team, we have to win these games."