Mancini appears to have lost patience with the controversial Italian striker in the wake of his Europa League red card against Dynamo Kiev last night and his starting place could go to Edin Dzeko.
Early bath: Balotelli (left) was sent off in the first half against Dynamo Kiev
Winger Adam Johnson made a quicker than expected return from an ankle injury to feature last night but is likely to remain on the bench as the Blues concentrate on trying to secure a Champions League spot.
Team (from): Hart, Taylor, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Boateng, Boyata, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Wright-Phillips, Barry, De Jong, Vieira, Milner Y Toure, A Johnson, M Johnson, Silva, Dzeko, Tevez, Balotelli, Jo.
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