Man City boss Mancini: Balotelli simply needed a game
The 22-year old striker scored two goals in Monday's win over Blackburn Rovers with Mancini quizzed why the Italy international was dropped to the youth team.
Mancini said: "He went with the Under-21s because he needed a game.
"After 40 days without a game, he needed one game. He trained well and I hope this year will be different."