Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits Mario Balotelli could play again this season after victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Mancini had said Balotelli would not play again this season but on Wednesday night said that was because he assumed the 21-year-old would be punished further.

After initially joking about Balotelli by saying "Mario who?", Mancini said: "It is important Mario takes only three games - I thought he could take six or seven games (suspension).

"Yes, for the Manchester United game he will be ready."