Mid-day Ticker: Tevez nears City return, Portsmouth financial struggles mount and more

Mid-day Ticker: Tevez nears City return, Portsmouth financial struggles mount and more

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Mid-day Ticker: Tevez nears City return, Portsmouth financial struggles mount and more

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Carlos Tevez (Getty)

By TRAVIS CLARK

With Carlos Tevez missing, the Manchester City attack has stagnated. Since the Argentinian striker took off for his homeland on compassionate leave, the Citizens have managed just two goals in three games.

Tevez will also miss tomorrow's FA Cup clash against Stoke City, but coach Roberto Mancini said in a press conference this week that the club expects Tevez to catch a flight back either Thursday or Friday and could be available for Saturday's match against Chelsea.

The striker had returned to Argentina after the premature birth of his child.

Here are a few other stories for Tuesday:

PORTSMOUTH FINANCIAL PROBLEMS CONTINUE

Unless another buyer can be found on Friday, Portsmouth will go administration as early as next week, the BBC reports. The struggling club has debts valued in the range of £70 million, and if they go into administration will also be docked nine points in the Premier League table. If administration does occur, the winding up order will be suspended, allowing the club to finish out the 2010 season.

Reports that a group led by Victor Cattermole, a businessman based in New Zealand may consider a purchase but insists that nothing will be rushed.

LENNON SUFFERS INJURY SETBACK

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, who had been closing in on a return from injury, suffered a blow this week when a scan revealed a new groin injury. Lennon last featured for Tottenham at the end of December, and was expected to return for Spurs in the next week or two. The new injury, picked up in training over the weekend, could set him back another two weeks.

BENITEZ TO KEEP TORRES OUT OF SPANISH FRIENDLY

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is closer and closer to full fitness — returning this weekend against Manchester City — but manager Rafa Benitez wants to ensure that his prized striker takes no part in Spain's upcoming March 3 friendly against France. Rumors are swirling that Torres will be a part of the squad for next week's match, but Benitez is quick to refute those claims, stating that Torres needs to be brought back slowly to avoid re-injuring himself.

What do you think of Tevez's return? Will he inspire a win against Chelsea? What will happen to Portsmouth? Can Lennon keep himself fit to make the World Cup squad? Will Torres stay healthy?

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