Brian Kidd dismisses Mario Balotelli rumours as nonsense


Mario Balotelli will not be sidelined until November, according to Manchester City's assistant manager, Brian Kidd.

The striker, who moved to Eastlands from Inter Milan in the summer for £24million, has been sidelined with a knee injury since scoring a goal on his only appearance for City when coming on as a substitute in last month's Europa League victory against Timisoara.

He was sent back to Italy to begin his rehabilitation after a knee operation where reports suggested the 20-year-old would need at least ten weeks of recuperation.

However, Kidd confirmed:"There is nothing sinister in this. Mario has had the operation, he has come back and is now on with his rehabilitation.

"Wherever these other rumours are coming from, they are nonsense."

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini has talked up Jo and David Silva in the build-up to the Europa League clash against Salzburg.

"Jo is a good player," he said."I hope if he plays against Salzburg he will score. He has a good attitude and technically is very good as well. He is important to us.

"David Silva is ready to play. The problem for Silva was that he never worked with us.

"He was with us for two days in pre-season, then he went to the national team, then he came back, then off to the national team again. This was a problem.

"But he is a fantastic player with good technique. However, every player who comes to the Premier League has problems for a couple of months. When he plays another few games everything will be normal."

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