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Fears mount that Argentine may have played his last game at Eastlands, but boss insists side can perform without their captain and book passage to FA Cup football

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has told his players they cannot afford to dwell on the injury of Carlos Tevez, and does not believe his captain’s absence will dent their chances of reaching the FA Cup final.

The Argentinean striker, who has been in fine form this season having scored 19 goals, was ruled out for up to four weeks with a torn hamstring sustained in Monday’s 3-0 away defeat to Liverpool.

While Mancini is hopeful the 27-year-old will feature again for his side this campaign, there are fears that Tevez could leave Eastlands this summer, with Real Madrid, Juventus and Inter Milan interested.

Speaking to The Times, Mancini said: “[Tévez’s injury] is a big problem at this moment but we can’t cry now.

“We know that Carlos is very important for us, but we can win this game without him.

“It’s a big motivation to win. We don’t think that just because Carlos doesn’t play, we can’t win. Anything can happen in one game against United. Who would have thought that Birmingham could beat Arsenal [in the League Cup final]?

“All the players are behind me. It would be stupid [for them not to be] because, like me, the players have a good chance — it’s important for them because it could be their first trophy.”

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