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Friday, September 14, 2012
Mancini: Balotelli fit to play

Richard Jolly

Roberto Mancini has said Mario Balotelli is fit to return for Manchester City after his eye operation.

Balotelli, 21, had laser eye surgery in his native Italy but is in contention to face Stoke City on Saturday and then Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League clash.

"Mario is ok. Mario now sees everything," said his manager, who also hopes Sergio Aguero can figure at the Britannia Stadium.

The Argentina international has been sidelined since opening weekend of the Premier League season, when he was stretchered off in the 3-2 win over Southampton with a knee problem.

A final decision on Aguero will be taken after Friday's training session and Mancini said: "He is getting better."

New signing Javi Garcia is available to make his debut after completing his 16 million move from Benfica on transfer deadline day.

The Spain international has been working at Carrington during the international break but Matija Nastasic, the defender signed from Fiorentina at the end of August, has been away with Serbia and will be assessed after he trains with his new team-mates for the first time.

Mancini welcomed the news that work is beginning on City's new 200 million training complex, which will be completed in 2014.

The Italian hopes he will still be in charge then to enjoy the state-of-the-art centre. "I will try to be there because I think the new training facility will be fantastic," he said.




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