Mancini confirms Tevez could face Chelsea
Tevez, who has not played for City since last September due to his dispute with the club, has been training for the past month with a view to a first-team comeback.
The Argentinian has made two appearances for the reserves since returning from his unauthorised leave, and Mancini believes he could now be close to match fitness.
The 28-year-old's return could give the team a timely lift after defeat at Swansea City on Sunday saw them surrender top spot in the Premier League to arch-rivals Manchester United.
City are not in league action again until Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday, by which time United could be four points ahead.
Asked if Tevez could be available for that game, Mancini said: "We will see in the next week. It depends on Carlo. If Carlo is ok, then probably, but it depends on a lot of things."
Mancini was speaking at a press conference to preview the second leg of his side's UEFA Europa League last-16 tie with Sporting tomorrow.
Tevez trained with the squad this morning but is not eligible to play in Europe having not been registered.