Balotelli expected to return in October

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects striker Mario Balotelli to be back in action at the end of October.

The Italian international has been sidelined since August with a knee injury that he picked up during his City debut in the 1-0 win over FC Timişoara in the Europa League.

Initial reports suggested that Balotelli would be unavailable for three months, however, Mancini today suggested that the 20-year-old could be back in action at the end of October.

‘He [Balotelli] is in Italy today and his knee is okay. I think he may be ready at the end of October, in four to five weeks,’ Mancini said.

The news will come as a boost to City fans. Despite spending £100m on new players in the summer the club have become reliant on Carlos Tevez with Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz both injured.

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