Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez returns, Ronaldinho gets Brazil call-up and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez returns, Ronaldinho gets Brazil call-up and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Tevez returns, Ronaldinho gets Brazil call-up and more


Tevez (Reuters Pictures)

Of all of the options Carlos Tevez was looking at over the last few months, returning to the field for Manchester City was likely the last on the list. But it's getting closer to happening.

Tevez returned to Manchester and had a physical with the club's doctors on Tuesday ahead of a surprise return to the club after three months away from the team. He failed to secure a transfer elsewhere during the winter window and had accrued £1.2 million in fines since leaving in November.

Despite appealing those fines and having strong words about his acrimonious fall out with manager Roberto Mancini, the Argentine striker is set to try and work his way back into the club. According to his comments, he is two weeks away from being fit.

Tevez touched on his last few months and how things transpired in the first place in this interview with an Argentine television station

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Ronaldinho's recent dip in form has not hurt his standing with the Brazilian national team, as he was rewarded with a call-up by coach Mano Menezes for the Selecao's friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Switzerland at the end of the month.

Notable omissions from the roster include Kaka, Robinho and Alexandre Pato, though the latter is out of action with an injury.

Here is Brazil's roster for the friendly:

GOALKEEPERS – Diego Alves (Valencia), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Rafael (Santos)

DEFENDERS: Adriano (Barcelona), Alex Sandro (Porto), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Danilo (Porto), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dede (Vasco da Gama), Luisao (Benfica), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (AC Milan)

MIDFIELDERS: Elias (Sporting Lisbon), Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Paulo Henrique Ganso (Santos), Hernanes (Lazio), Lucas (Sao Paulo), Sandro (Tottenham), Ronaldinho (Flamengo)

FORWARDS: Hulk (Porto), Jonas (Valencia), Leandro Damiao (Internacional), Neymar (Santos)


Jack Wilshere's injury saga has had almost as many twists and turns as Tevez' transfer quest, but the young Arsenal midfielder and English international is reportedly a month away from returning to action after his latest tests revealed that his ankle was healing and recovering on schedule.

Not long ago, Arsenal had labelled his injury timetable as indefinite after he endured a stress fracture in his surgically repaired ankle. Wilshere's last game was in the Emirates Cup against the New York Red Bulls.


The search for Mick McCarthy's coaching replacement at Wolves has reportedly been narrowed down to three candidates: Alan Curbishley, Steve Bruce and Neil Warnock.

Curbishley previously managed at Charlton Athletic and West Ham but hasn't been in charge of a club since leading the Hammers in 2008.

Both Bruce and Warnock were fired from other Premier League squads this season, with Sunderland cutting Bruce loose and Queens Park Rangers giving Warnock the axe.


Did you think the Tevez saga would end like this? Hope to see Ronaldinho when Brazil plays against the United States in May? Do you think Wilshere can make a difference for Arsenal this year? Who among those finalists do you think is the best fit for the Wolves job?

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