Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has held a players' meeting in the wake of the Carlos Tevez affair.

The Daily Mail says Mancini is prepared to tolerate Tevez's presence back at the training ground when his current two-week suspension ends rather than attempt to throw him out and then watch him negotiate a high-profile free transfer to a big club.

Mancini called a meeting of his players on Thursday and told them they must not allow the drama to overshadow their efforts on the field.

He also spoke privately with Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, who apologised for a show of petulance on being substituted in Munich.

Dzeko has not been fined and will be in the squad for the game at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.