A crowd of a little over a thousand gave Carlos Tevez a lukewarm reception at Ewen Fields as City reserves took on Bolton reserves. They warmed up once he showed he still had the goods. His 50th minute goal was met by a lot more cheers. The celebratory gesture of throwing his shirt into the crowd also earned him some more goodwill. City went on to beat Bolton, 3-1. A bright start to Tevez's ascent back to the senior squad.
In addition to showing he's match fit comes the more onerous task of winning back the hearts of City fans who were ready to write him off after his Munich mutiny. If all goes well he should be available to Roberto Mancini by the end of the month.