Mario Balotelli could be set to make shock return in Manchester derby

11 February 2011 01:46
Comeback: Mario Balotelli could figure on the bench[LNB]Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli could be in line for a surprise return in the derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.[LNB]Manager Roberto Mancini is debating whether to include the 20-year-old Italian on the bench.[LNB]It would be Balotelli's first outing since December 28 when he suffered a knee injury after scoring a hat-trick against Aston Villa.[LNB]Mancini said: 'I will decide if he can go on the bench. If he is not fit, maybe he will need another week.[LNB]'I have not been satisfied that has been off for four weeks but he's had a problem with his knee. Hopefully he will always be able to play the last three months of the season.'[LNB]Balotelli's inclusion would strengthen City's attacking hand against their rivals.[LNB]New signing Edin Dzeko is eager to prove his worth and score his first goal in the Barclays Premier League.[LNB]Meanwhile Carlos Tevez will be looking to improve his 20-goal tally for the season against his former club after a hat-trick in the win over West Brom last week. The Brazilian Jo is also on board and ready to step in if needed.[LNB] Vieira warns City: United will be gunning for us after slipping up at Wolves City Twits told off! Blues warn players about dangers of social networking sitesMANCHESTER CITY FC

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