20 Mar 2011 19:12:00
EPL : Carlos Tevez, Manchester City v Fulham
By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge
City’s first-team coach said the Argentinean wanted to play in the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea but was withdrawn from the matchday squad on the advice of the club’s medical staff.
Tevez watched the game from the stands at Stamford Bridge after failing a late test on his groin.
“It’s a big blow to lose anyone of his ability but it was a bit of a risk for Carlos to have played and that’s why we carry a squad,” explained Platt, who attended City’s post-match press conference in place of manager Roberto Mancini.
“The medical advice we had was that if he had played he might have damaged his muscle and been out for some time. We hope he is fit for the next game. He believes he will be.
“He had a fitness test today and wanted to go out there. He is someone who wants to play every game.”
Platt does not believe City’s belief and chances of finishing in the top four will be too affected by today’s setback.
“There is a belief we can finish in the top four,” said the Eastlands No. 2. “With eight games left it is not a case of holding out for fourth place. We can amass more points and go even higher into the top four. In terms of the title,
“I don’t think Chelsea are out of it or Arsenal are out of it but everyone wants to be Manchester United’s position.”