The Argentine FA have done City a favour ahead of Saturday’s derby at Old Trafford by dropping him for Wednesday’s friendly with Portugal.
The decision to from him from the national side stems from his non-participation for a game against Brazil in November, when the City man claimed he had a muscle problem but featured for the blues the following weekend.
Argentine FA president Julio Grondona said Tevez’ absence was down to his attitude. “He didn’t come to play, and then did so for his club. The coaching staff didn’t like that attitude.”
Tevez’ attitude was questioned in December when he requested a transfer from the blues before having a change of heart and committing himself to the club and the striker scored another hat-trick for the blues against West Brom last Saturday.
The decision taken by Argentina will be welcomed by the blues, who go to Old Trafford on Saturday looking to become the first team to win there this season and boosting their title hopes.
A win for City will put them within two points of United, while defeat will leave them eight points behind and could well see their title aspirations end.