Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini expects Mario Balotelli to return to the squad at the end of next month. Balotelli is sidelined with a knee injury and the striker said he would be out for eight weeks.

However Mancini responded: "He is in Italy and his knee is okay. I think he may be ready at the end of October, in four to five weeks."

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