Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has insisted that Carlos Tevez must prove his fitness first before he can be considered for May’s FA Cup final against Stoke City.
The Argentine striker missed Saturday’s 1-0 semi-final victory over Manchester United with a hamstring injury and was not in attendance at Wembley for the game either, instead opting to fly to Milan to receive treatment from his national side's doctor.
Mancini has now informed his captain, along with defender Jerome Boateng, that if he is not fit to face Tottenham in a key Premier League clash on May 10, he will not feature in the cup final four days later.
Speaking to reporters, Mancini said: "I would have liked him at Wembley. I would have liked him on the pitch especially, but at this moment he has a bad injury and it is important for him to recover. He is there for treatment, morning and afternoon, with the physio.
"He will be [in Milan] seven to 10 days and then come back. We have another four weeks so I hope we can recover Carlos for the final. His progress has been good.
"I think he has confidence in his own physio. His injury is not easy to deal with and he always works with this physio so it is not unusual for this to happen.
"He is doing well and I hope we can have him available for the final but Carlos and Jerome will both have to play one game before the final."
The Spurs clash could be a crucial in this season’s battle for fourth place and Champions League qualification, and the Italian is targeting four wins out of his side's remaining six games to secure a spot in next season's competition.
"We have six games to the end of the season, three home and three away so it's down to us,” he continued.
"If we win four of them we have a good chance and don't have to depend on other teams."