City's title hopes to be lifted by Tevez's return

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Two months after writing off Carlos Tevez's career at Manchester City, manager Roberto Mancini could welcome back the Argentina forward in Wednesday's Premier League match against Chelsea in a bid to give his team's faltering title challenge a lift.

Tevez has been training with City for the past month after ending his long-standing rift with the club, which started when he refused to warm up during a Champions League match in September.

City lost its five-month lead in the title race to Manchester United last week and is four points behind after the champions' 5-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

City defender Joleon Lescott says "all the boys are excited" about Tevez's potential return in the team's game in hand.