Man City boss Mancini plans to field Balotelli against Porto

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini intends to give Mario Balotelli a comeback game against Europa League opponents Porto.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini intends to give Mario Balotelli a comeback game against Europa League opponents Porto.

Balotelli serves the last game of his suspension in City's visit to Aston Villa on Sunday, and together with the Touré brothers, back from the Africa Cup of Nations, will be available for the midweek game against Porto in the Europa League.

"Mario is looking forward to playing again, we will have to assess the others when we meet up again," Mancini said. "I spoke to Yaya Touré a few days ago and he told me he was very tired, after playing five game in 15 days. But when we come back from Porto we do not have a game, so there is time for everyone to recover.

"I intend to name a strong team for the Europa League because we want to go to the final. It will be difficult because Porto are a top team. But if we have all the players back without injury we can make a few changes. We want to do the best we can."

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