Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been hit with a knee injury.

The Daily Mail says Balotelli is suffering with knee trouble, just as he was last season.

The Italian made the bench against Swansea and is expected to figure at some stage this weekend. But he had missed training on Saturday after feeling pain and City's medical staff are monitoring the situation.

The 21-year-old had surgery on his right knee last season and also spent time in America with a specialist who has treated golfer Tiger Woods and Manchester United's Michael Owen.

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