Carlos Tevez flew back from Argentina last night after visiting his wife following the premature birth of their second daughter.
The Manchester City striker has been away for 10 days on compassionate leave but is in contention to face Chelsea tomorrow.
He said: 'When there is a family issue, football takes a back seat. I went to the hospital five times a day to feed the little girl. I'd come and go, I couldn't watch any football.'
Tevez's adviser Kia Joorabchian earlier reiterated the striker is a family man first and a footballer second.
His baby daughter Katie has been in intensive care afterbeing born prematurely and it had been unclear when Tevez would return.
But the Iranian businessman told Argentinian newspaper Ole: 'Thank God, Katie is getting better despite still being in hospital.
'So Carlitos told me he was going to fly back to England in the next hours and will play Chelsea on Saturday.
'It has not an enjoyable trip home, but Carlitos had to stay because of problems, not because he did not want to play. It proves the sort of man he is. Family first.'
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