Man City news – Tevez flies home and may miss derby, Mancini frustrated again by player drinking, Fans remember “Big Mal”

Tevez flies home and may miss derby.

Carlos Tevez has been given permission by City boss Roberto Mancini to fly home to Argentina today, reports The Guardian.

Tevez has been granted special dispensation to return to his Buenos Aires home and visit his family for four days, which gives credence to Roque Santa Cruz’s claim this week that the City star was homesick.

A scan on the dead leg that forced Tevez off after 52 minutes in the 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal last weekend has shown that the injury is more serious than first feared. Tevez now faces up to two weeks out making him a serious doubt for the Manchester derby on 10 November.

Fans remember “Big Mal”.

Some 300 Manchester City fans paid tribute to Malcolm Allison yesterday when the former manager’s funeral cortege passed the City of Machester Stadium, reports the Press Association.

“Big Mal”, who died earlier this month aged 83, was assistant boss during City’s most successful spell of all time, working with Joe Mercer to win the league in 1968, the FA Cup in 1969, and the League Cup and Cup Winners Cup in 1970.

The cortege stopped briefly outside the stadium on its way to the funeral service at Manchester Crematorium. Allison’s coffin was draped in a sky blue City scarf and a bottle of champagne on ice was next to it.

At the service the chapel was filled with former players, many of whom joined in with the final anthem, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”.

Mancini frustrated again by player drinking.

The Mirror claims that City manager Roberto Mancini is frustrated by the fresh tabloid reports of his players’ drinking habits.

Mancini recently singled out Joe Hart and Adam Johnson for criticism but it appears to have fallen on deaf ears, with the young pair pictured drinking heavily with Gareth Barry and Shay Given at a party in Scotland.

The players were on a golfing break at St Andrews with the permission of the club, with Mancini giving his squad a rest this week as they were not involved in the Carling Cup. The players did not break any club curfews and The Mirror claims no disciplinary action is planned.

But the paper nonetheless claims Mancini will be embarrassed following his recent attack on the drinking culture that is so prevalent in the English game. “I don’t understand why a player must drink after a game,” he said. “OK, maybe one drink is OK. But three, four, five, six – drinking until they are drunk – this is not good.”

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