Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez will miss this Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United.
Tevez’s participation at Wembley Stadium had been in major doubt since he was forced off with a hamstring injury in the early stages of the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night.
And City boss Roberto Mancini has now confirmed the Argentina international will spend up to a month on the sidelines with the injury.
Mancini said: “Tevez is not available for Saturday.
“I think he will recover in three or four weeks. It is a big problem but we can't take any risks.
“After this game we have another six games and we hope to have Carlos maybe for the last two or three games, or the final if we make it.”
The absence of Tevez is a huge blow for City as they look to end a 35-year wait to lift a major trophy, but there was some good news for Mancini this week with Micah Richards returning to training following an hamstring injury that had initially threatened to rule him out of the semi-final.
Mancini continued: “Micah Richards is available. He trained two days ago and again (on Wednesday). He will be OK.
“Every player knows that it's an important moment for the club. Every player that plays against United on Saturday will give 100%.
“I've not decided the starting XI. We've got time to decide this. I trust all my players.
“We should be happy in this moment. It's the first time in a long time that we're in the semi-final.”