Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insists Mario Balotelli missed their win over Reading due to an illness.

Balotelli did not play having missed some training sessions this week through illness.

Mancini was not concerned about reports the 22-year-old had been spotted elsewhere in Manchester on Saturday.

He said: "Mario is ill. I don't know where is now. For one week he was ill.

"He came to the training ground yesterday because he wanted to train but he couldn't. I can't close him in his house, it is impossible."