Injured Tevez promises Shenhua return after Argentina treatment

Carlos Tevez has been allowed to return home to Argentina for calf-injury treatment, but only after agreeing in writing to return to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua by the month-end.

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez of Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in action against Changchun Yatai during their Chinese Super League match at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai on August 5, 2017. Tevez missed Shenhua's CFA Cup semifinal first leg against Shanghai Shenxin, which his team won 1-0, with Kim Kee-hee scoring the all-important goal in the 55th minute.

Carlos Tevez has been granted permission to return home to Argentina for treatment on a calf injury, but only after agreeing in writing to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua before the end of the month.

Speculation has been mounting in local media that the former Manchester United and Juventus forward was attempting to orchestrate a move back to Boca Juniors, who sold the 33-year-old to Shenhua for 11 million euros (US$12.93 million) in January.

He has played just 11 times in the league for Shenhua, scoring twice, with his fitful performances blamed on the injury that first occurred in April.

Tevez asked Shenhua to allow him to return to his native Buenos Aires for further treatment.

"According to the request from Carlos Tevez to our club, after discussion, we now approve his request," Shenhua said, according to the South China Morning Post.

"He's permitted to go back to Argentina and receive treatment at the Clinica Jorge Bombicino and he must rejoin the team on August 30 and participate in training."

Tevez signed a two-year contract with the CSL side in January and according to media reports earns wages in the region of US$800,000, making him one of the highest paid players in the world.

However, a clause in the deal that saw him move from Boca states the Argentinian club must repay more than half of the transfer fee should the striker not complete two seasons with Shenhua.

Tevez has not played in the last two games and missed Wednesday's first leg of the Chinese FA Cup against second division Shanghai Shenxin, which Shenhua won 1-0, courtesy of a Kim Kee-hee goal in the 55th minute, and Saturday's meeting with league leader and defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande.

"He didn't go back to enjoy a holiday, he went back for the rehabilitation of his muscles," David Wang, a Spanish translator working with Shenhua, was quoted as saying by the SCMP.

"The rehabilitation process requires two weeks, but it will take two days to go and two days to come back.

"As the players are required to report to the club on August 28, Tevez won't have enough time to do the rehabilitation, so the management of the club suggested him to leave a few days before the break and allow him to come back two days later."

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