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The England international believes the Argentine striker's return could help Roberto Mancini's men in their bid for a first Premier League title

Joleon Lescott insists the return of Carlos Tevez to the Manchester City squad can only be a good thing following the Argentine's apology to manager Roberto Mancini.

The forward has been absent from training since a bust-up with his Italian boss during a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich in September.

However, Lescott, 29, rejected the notion that Tevez's presence could split the dressing room at a crucial juncture in the season.

"No-one here sees Carlos as a disruption," he told reporters.

"If we can all get together and push in the same direction I am sure it's a positive for the club.

"With us, Carlos has never been an issue, and we are confident that if he does get his chance, he will score a lot of goals."

Despite boasting an impressive return of 52 goals in 91 games for the club, Tevez has fallen out of favour with the Eastlands faithful over his actions in recent months.

But team-mate Lescott has urged the fans not to boo him on his return and instead focus on the positives.

"It would be a bit harsh," he said.

"You need to appreciate what Carlos has done for the club over the last two years. Obviously Carlos hasn't been here for the last few months but that's an issue the club have dealt with.

"We feel that everyone involved has dealt with it correctly and the players have got on with the job in hand.

"We are still performing in the Premier League and I don't see how it will affect us in the final run-in."

The England international admitted that the Citizens could have utilised Tevez's services throughout the season but hailed the importance of having a player of his pedigree back in the squad at such a pivotal time in the Premier League.

"There have been moments when we could have done with him," he added.

"He is a quality player, so even when we were winning no-one wrote him off and thought 'We don't need him any more.

"More often than not we have won games this season, so it is no judgment on the manager's team selection.

"Now he is back and involved I am sure there will be a lot more fear in opposition teams.

"When I spoke to him at the weekend he did say he was raring to go and looking forward to getting involved."

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