Mario Balotelli in line for a recall

Manchester City’s bad boy forward Mario Balotelli is in line for a recall to the side, as Roberto Mancini weighs up whether or not to play the temperamental attacker against Manchester United.

The Italy international has frustrated his club boss with acts of petulance over the course of his time in England, with indiscipline blighting the talented striker’s career.

The latest indiscretion was a red card in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and Mancini vowed not to play Balotelli again this term, with a summer sale on the cards.

However, the Etihad Stadium boss may be convinced to change his mind after making up with his player.

“Despite some stupid things he has done, Mario has done some important things, like his double strike at Old Trafford this season,” he told France Football, translated to English by The Sun.

“With him anything is possible. It’s difficult to say today if I will recall Balotelli but everyone is available and I will make my choice on Sunday.

“It’s like a family when a child does stupid things. The affection of the parents is still there.

“He’s young and he commits big mistakes that can put the team in difficulty.

“But I still think he has great talent and I hope he will be a City player next season. It’s all in his hands,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight