The Daily Mail claim that Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will miss up to four weeks of football after undergoing eye surgery this week.
The controversial forward joins Sergio Aguero on the sidelines for City who now only have Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko as recognised first team strikers going into a crucial period of the season.
Balotelli is short sighted and regularly wears contact lenses to play in games but an allergic reaction has recently prompted the club to send the forward to Italy for laser eye surgery.
Balotelli will certainly miss both of Italy’s opening World Cup qualifiers as well as City’s trip to Stoke in two weeks’ time. The surgery may also rule the striker out of the eagerly anticipated Champions League showdown with Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid and the Real boss was at the Etihad Stadium yesterday to scout City for the fixture.
His off the field antics may have been endeared to by the British public but manager Roberto Mancini will see this unfortunate injury as another negative story surrounding the forward.