One game back and Mario Balotelli is again throwing a wobbler at Manchester City.

Balotelli was taken off by City manager Roberto Mancini on the hour mark of victory over FA Cup opponents Notts County.

The Italian striker spat his dummy out by throwing down his snood and storming off down the tunnel.

But boss Mancini said: "We decided before the game to replace him after an hour. It's his first start after injury and he had a clash of heads.

"He was unhappy but I will explain to him in a couple of days.

"It's not a problem. We want him fit for the next two months as we have a lot of games.

"He played well and didn't have any problems with his knee."

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