Just when Manchester City fans thought they had seen the back of Carlos Tevez, the Argentine striker may well be back on the streets of Manchester.
Tevez, who joined Italian champions Juventus earlier this week, still has a huge chunk of his 250 hours of community service to serve. The 29-year-old forward was ordered to complete the community service after being found guilty of driving while disqualified and without insurance.
In a bizarre twist following his transfer, Tevez’ lawyer Gwyn Lewis — nicknamed Merlin the Magician at City for seemingly getting several people out of trouble with the law — has spoken out to reassure the public that his client doesn’t “break any rules” regarding the remaining hours of his sentence.
Tevez’ troubled time in Manchester seemed to be at an end, however how he gets around this conundrum will be interesting to see. Currently the maximum amount of community service Tevez can complete is 40 hours a week, but he only has approximately two weeks until preseason begins with his new club in Turin. He won’t finish his sentence before he has to join up with Juve.
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So as he settles into Italian soccer, Tevez will need to keep making jaunts back to Manchester to carry out his community service as promised to the judge in the UK.
If Tevez does break any of the rules he can be re-sentenced and given another community order to “secure compliance with the purposes of the original sentence.” We are now left with the intriguing scenario of Tevez having to go back amongst the Manchester City fans, after already stating that Juventus have “more ambition” than City.
For a laugh on a Friday afternoon, check out these wonderful mockups of Tevez as a street cleaner in Manchester, following his sentencing back in April. Genius.
So, if you are strolling around the streets of Manchester and its suburbs this summer. Make sure you keep an eye out for a man called Carlos in a fluorescent orange bib.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.