City ace to miss FA Cup derby after injury in defeat at Liverpool

April 13, 2011 - 0:0

Carlos Tevez is out of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final after Manchester City suffered the worst possible warm-up for their biggest game of the season.

Andy Carroll scored his first goals as Liverpool were rampant in a 3-0 win but the most worrying aspect for Roberto Mancini was seeing the Argentina striker limp off after 16 minutes with a damaged right hamstring.
The City boss immediately ruled Tevez out of a reunion with his old club and does not expect him to play for another two weeks.
Aside from the Wembley date with Manchester United, Tevez will miss Barclays Premier League games against Blackburn and West Ham.
Mancini said: 'Carlos has a hamstring injury. It is very difficult for Saturday. We have only five days. We will try but we need another two weeks. I don't think he will play. It is very difficult because we also have to think about the other six games.'
Dreadful City were thankful to England keeper Joe Hart for keeping the score down after Carroll's double and another from Dirk Kuyt.
Mancini refused to apportion blame to his players and claimed he was responsible for City's worst defeat since October.
'I made a mistake,' said Mancini. 'This is my fault we lost this game. It is important I understand this for the next game. I made mistakes in the last few days. I know why. It was not down to the players. Liverpool played fantastic in the first 20 minutes. We left space for them and they were very aggressive. I brought three fresh players in but probably our focus was not good.
'But I am not worried. I am sure that we will get to the Champions League and reach the (FA Cup) final.'
Carroll said: 'It was a great day, getting my first goal and a great result. For my first goal, it dropped nicely and I knew I was going to hit it.'
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish called it his most satisfying result since he returned in January and praised 18-year-old debutant right back John Flanagan.
'He played against an international in (James) Milner and did not look fazed.'
(Source: DailyMail)