Balotelli to return end of October
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Mario Balotelli to return to the squad at the end of next month.
Balotelli is sidelined with a knee injury and the striker said he would be out for eight weeks.
However Mancini responded: "He is in Italy and his knee is okay. I think he may be ready at the end of October, in four to five weeks."
Shaun Wright-Phillips is doubtful with a knee problem while Wayne Bridge and Aleksandar Kolarov remain absent.
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