Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is desperate to have Carlos Tevez back for the Premier League run home.
Argentina forward Tevez sustained a hamstring problem in the recent 3-0 defeat to Liverpool and will not be available when City host West Ham on Sunday.
Mancini said there is also a doubt whether his captain will be back for the FA Cup Final against Stoke on May 14.
“On Tuesday Carlos started to run and of course we will do everything possible to help him recover,” Mancini said.
“It is difficult to say now if it is possible or not but it will be possible only if Carlos can play in our game against Tottenham the week before.”
Edin Dzeko finally broke his Premier League duck last weekend after having gone 10 league games without scoring.
The 27 million pound Bosnia forward scored the winner at Blackburn on Monday and Mancini backed him to star next season.
“I am very happy for Edin to score because he has not played many games and I know that is difficult for any striker,” Mancini said. “I am happy because I think he is a fantastic striker.”
“Next season he can do everything because he can score more goals. After pre-season he will be better.”
City could still finish in third place and have an FA Cup Final to look forward too – a stark contrast to the fortunes of Sunday’s opponents.
West Ham have spent the whole season drifting around the relegation plughole and have just four games left to make sure they do not fall down the drain and out of the Premier League.
“Our season will finish step by step and now we have West Ham to play,” Mancini said.
“We had a hard game against Blackburn last week and we played brilliantly in the first half. In the second half it was different because they started to play long ball and it was difficult for us.”
“Sunday will be a tough game. We are at home but it will be difficult because I saw West Ham play Chelsea and they were on top for an hour. That shows how well we will have to play on Sunday.
Manchester City will be without defenders Jerome Boateng (knee) and Micah Richards (hamstring).
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