Carlos Tevez's return to Manchester City could be damaging to dressing-room morale at the club, according to former goalkeeper Joe Corrigan.
Tevez, who arrived in Manchester on Tuesday, has been in Argentina without City's permission since 7 November.
"I hope he doesn't get the chance to play," Corrigan told BBC Sport.
"It will all boil down to whether the player and manager Roberto Mancini can come to an agreement, but no-one is bigger than the club."
Former England international Corrigan spent 16 years at City and helped the club win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1970. He was also part of the team that finished runners-up in the top flight in 1976-77.
Tevez, 28, has not played since manager Mancini accused the striker of refusing to come off the bench against Bayern Munich on 27 September.
City were second in the Premier League table at the time but have since gone top. They lead the table by two points from Manchester United with 13 games remaining.
"Since the Tevez situation reared its head the team spirit has increased, which has been proven by them digging in and getting results," continued Corrigan.
"[Tevez] looked ridiculous the way he was acting. He has not been missed in my opinion."
Meanwhile, former City winger Dennis Tueart said that he was surprised with Tevez's remarks on the eve of his return, when he accused Mancini of treating him "like a dog".
"When you're trying to build bridges, I'd suggest that's not the best way of doing it," said Tueart.
Former City chairman and player Francis Lee said that Tevez would not be forgiven if he hurt dressing room morale.
"You can't have people making trouble in the dressing room when you've got the tremendous spirit that City have now," said Lee. "That type of player - and one or two of the others he's let go - would be contrary to what you're trying to build.
"I'm sure that Patrick Vieira, who was a great player, is Mancini's eyes and ears in the dressing room.
"If he came back and destroyed the team spirit that they've got now, which would probably win them the Premier League, then nobody would forgive him."
Kevin Parker, general secretary of the Manchester City Supporters Club, added that many fans did not want Tevez back at the club.
"Most fans don't want him around the place but it's a difficult one as the club have no choice because he's contracted," said Parker, who travelled to the Bayern Munich game in September when the controversy erupted.
"After everything that happened in Munich, we all thought he would never play again.
"He needs to make a number of apologies - to the manager and his team-mates. Then he needs to publicly apologise to the supporters whether it is a press conference or in the form of a statement.
"But I'll still be surprised, even if Tevez apologises, if he ends up in the team or on the bench."