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07 Sep 2010 08:51:45

| Submit Comments| Comments (54)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapMario Balotelli is winning his battle to re-join City?s star-laden push for glory this weekend ? and Jerome Boateng might also make a shock debut against Blackburn. Balotelli, 20, came through training yesterday with no apparent reaction to the knee injury he suffered against FC Timisoara in the Europa League on August 19. Boateng is also stepping up his recovery from a bizarre injury suffered while on duty with Germany last month, and is set to resume full training on Thursday. Roberto Mancini will take a check on the centre-back?s progress before deciding whether to include him in the squad for Saturday?s Premier League home game against Blackburn. The defender, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last Saturday, damaged a tendon in his knee while playing his country in a Copenhagen friendly against Denmark last month. But the injury was aggravated when an air stewardess accidentally rammed a drinks trolley into the knee on the flight back after the game. Early diagnosis suggested that Boateng would be out of action until towards the end of this month. His injury meant he was left out of the Germany squad who won their opening Euro 2012 qualifier 1-0 against Belgium in Brussels on Friday night, and who face Azerbaijan in Cologne tomorrow evening. Boateng, though, has progressed well during the international break, and is keen to make his first competitive appearance for City following his £11m summer move from Hamburg. He is the only one of Mancini?s six major summer signings who has yet to figure in a competitive game for the Blues ? although he is not the only one to have suffered injury woes. In addition to Balotelli?s knee troubles, Aleksandar Kolarov is still around three weeks away from a return after damaging his ankle on the opening day at Tottenham. Boateng indicated when he arrived at City that Mancini intended to use him mainly at centre-back. But his ability to play at right-back as well will put pressure on Micah Richards, who conceded the penalty which led to the Blues losing 1-0 at Sunderland in their last Premier League outing eight days ago. Wayne Bridge is also nearing a return after breaking a bone in his foot in pre-season, but Mancini has indicated that the Blackburn game may come too soon for him.| Submit Comments| Comments (54)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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