Friday, 25 February 2011

Mancini - No Balotelli problem

Roberto Mancini has again insisted there are no problems with Mario Balotelli following the Manchester City striker's reaction to being substituted against Notts County.Balotelli's appearance in the FA Cup fourth round replay on Sunday was his first start in almost two months following a spell out with a knee injury.
The Italian striker, who had featured as a substitute in the Europa League draw with Aris Salonika last Tuesday, was replaced against Notts County around the hour mark following a clash of heads with Krystian Pearce.As he walked off the pitch, Balotelli threw down his snood before trudging down the tunnel, but Mancini is confident there will be no lasting issue with the former Inter Milan youngster."We decided before the game to replace him after an hour," said Mancini. "It's his first start after injury and he had a clash of heads."He was unhappy but I will explain to him in a couple of days."It's not a problem. We want him fit for the next two months as we have a lot of games."He played well and didn't have any problems with his knee.
"We want to ease Mario back into action. He knew he would not play the full game. Sometimes in training when he misses a chance he holds his knee and then when he scores he doesn't!"

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