Attacking options aplenty for Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has taken plenty of firepower to Greece for his side’s Europa League clash against Aris Salonika.

Strikers Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko have all travelled to Greece for the round of 32 first leg, while there could be a return for midfielder Michael Johnson after 15 months out through injury.

Balotelli has been out since December 28 with a knee injury. He has scored three goals in just two Europa League games this season.

Dzeko has only one goal since his 27-million-pound move from Wolfsburg last month, although he did set up City’s goal against Manchester United on Saturday after his shot was deflected in by team-mate David Sliva.

Tevez’s inclusion is a sign of the seriousness with which Roberto Mancini is taking the competition.

Mancini has problems in midfield for the clash with James Milner and Nigel de Jong both sidelined.

Milner picked up an injury in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at United while De Jong will miss out because of an ankle problem.

 


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