Manchester City news
Mancini plays down Balotelli omission
December 16, 2012
By ESPN staff
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted his decision to leave Mario Balotelli out of his squad to face Newcastle was not an indication that the tempestuous striker is on borrowed time at Eastlands.
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Mancini's side bounced back from last weekend's derby defeat with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park, but Balotelli did not travel with his team-mates.
The Italy international was ...