The £17.5million Paraguay striker is recovering from a kneeoperation and is expected to be out until September.
Another newforward recruit, £25m man Emmanuel Adebayor, will be assessedafter returning from international duty this week with a slight groininjury.
This time it's for real: Carlos Tevez (left) is in contention to make his competitive debut for Manchester City after taking on Celtic in a pre-season friendly
Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez is in contention tomake his debut after overcoming a minor heel problem while CraigBellamy (knee) should also be fit. Vincent Kompany (toe) will miss thestart of the season while Michael Johnson (abdomen) is still at leasttwo weeks away.
Provisional squad: Given, Zabaleta, Dunne, Toure, Ben Haim,Onuoha, Bridge, De Jong, Barry, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Weiss,Robinho, Adebayor, Bellamy, Tevez, Richards, Garrido, Etuhu, Vidal,McGivern, Petrov, Benjani, Taylor.
Explore more:People:Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, CRAIG BELLAMY, Ben Haim, Vincent Kompany, RobinhoPlaces:Liverpool, Birmingham, Ireland