Mario Balotelli gives City injury boost

Mario Balotelli, Manchester City strikerManchester City have been given a boost with news that Mario Balotelli will not be sidelined for as long as expected.

The Italy international has to undergo laser surgery on his eye to correct his vision, with concerns that the forward could be out of action for as long as six weeks.

However, surgeon Emanuele Scuri has stressed that Balotelli could well be back in action for City’s next games.

“I think in around 10 days he should be ready to play again. Already this morning he asked if he could drive and I suggested he should get a lift until Thursday,” the medical man told The Daily Mail.

City have already been without Sergio Aguero through injury, but Roberto Mancini could well be able to call upon Balotelli for the upcoming Premier League game against Stoke next Saturday.

City will also have their thoughts on their glamour Champions League tie against Real Madrid a week on Tuesday.

By Gareth McKnight