Etihad Stadium star refuses to return from Argentina
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could be in further trouble with the club having flown to Argentina shortly before being due in for training.
The 27-year-old was spotted heading onto a flight to Buenos Aires on Monday night and is highly unlikely to return in time for training this morning.
A spokesman for City confirmed the Argentina international had a day off yesterday and is scheduled to be at the club’s Carrington training ground today.
The Blues last month fined Tevez four weeks’ wages for five breaches of contract relating to his behaviour on the bench during the defeat at Bayern Munich.
It was later reduced to two weeks following intervention by the Professional Footballers’ Association, but Tevez will not be appealing against City’s ruling that he was guilty of misconduct.
He was also suspended for two weeks – although that was deemed to have already been served – and given a written warning as to his future conduct.
The player was accused by manager Roberto Mancini of refusing to come on as a substitute during the second half of the 2-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.
But Tevez denied the allegation and blamed a misunderstanding, insisting he had merely refused to warm up – something he felt unnecessary as he had already done so.
If last season’s top goalscorer does not return in time for training today, the club will be within their rights to fine him another two weeks wages.
His future with City remains unclear, although Mancini had suggested Tevez – who has fallen out of favour since he failed to secure a transfer over the summer – could yet return to the team if he apologises.