Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has allayed fears that striker Carlos Tevez will miss the start of the season with a heel problem.
The Argentina international aggravated the injury by slipping in the shower recently but Hughes expects the former West Ham and Manchester United star to be ready for the opener at Blackburn Rovers on 15 August.
"He had an old injury and then banged the same area when he slipped in the shower in South Africa," said Hughes.
"He'll be fine for the start of the season but he's still not able to put his full weight on it."
The 25-year-old suffered the original injury while on international duty and sat out the first month of City's pre-season training because of the initial heel problem.
Meanwhile, Hughes cannot understand why his team has suddenly become so unpopular.
He said: "Are we doing anything that any other club has done differently in the past?
"What we're trying to do is really shake things up. We're building a club, building a team and building a squad and, at the moment, we're getting a little bit of criticism because, for some reason, people don't seem to want us to do that.
"Maybe we should be encouraged to break up the top four a bit more than we are at the moment.
"It's all about 'Why are City doing it?' and 'Why are they doing it in a certain way?' rather than a case of 'Good on them, let's see if they can do it'."