First the Manchester City striker was lucky to walk away from a car crash just days after his £23million move from Inter Milan.
Blue is the colour: Of Balotelli's natty surgical hat
Then the 20-year-old Italian suffered a knee injury on his City debut against FC Timisoara in the Europa League on August 19.
Balotelli was told he needed an operation and faced six weeks on the sidelines.
High spirits: Mario Balotelli on his way in for the operation
But any fears that the volatile Balotelli could be unsettled by histurbulent start to his City career will be quashed by these pictures ofhim at a Milan clinic.
The 20-year-old was in good spirits as he prepared for the operation.
City boss Roberto Mancini must hope Balotelli can make a swift recovery and provide a tonic for their title hopes.
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