Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has refuted reports Mario Balotelli will be out of action until the end of November...Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has refuted reports that striker Mario Balotelli will be out of action until the end of November.
The Italian moved from Inter in the summer but was injured on his debut against FC Timisoara, resulting in him requiring knee surgery.
Reports in Italy had suggested that the extent of the injury was worse than City had first expected, and that Balotelli would be out of action for at least a further 10 weeks.
However, Kidd has dismissed these suggestions, insisting that Balotelli is well on the way to recovery.
"There is nothing sinister in this," Kidd is quoted as saying by the Press Association. "Mario has had the operation, he has come back and is now on with his rehabilitation. Wherever these other rumours are coming from, they are nonsense."
With Emmanuel Adebayor also sidelined ahead of City’s Europa League clash with Salzburg, Roberto Mancini has moved to show his support for Jo, who was thought to be surplus to requirements at the club.
"Jo is a good player," Mancini told the club's official website. "I hope if he plays tomorrow he will score. He has a good attitude and technically is very good as well. He is important to us.
"As for Mario, he will be back in training in a month’s time and shortly after that he will be able to play."
Mancini also expressed his support for new signing David Silva, stressing that the Spaniard is ready to make an impact at the club after a slow start following his move from Valencia.
"David Silva is ready to play," added Mancini. "The problem for Silva was that he never worked with us.
"He was with us for two days in pre-season then he went to the national team, then he came back, then off to the national team again. This was a problem.
"But he is a fantastic player, with good technique. However, every player who comes to the Premier League has problems for a couple of months.
"When he plays another few games everything will be normal."
Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong reiterated Mancini's thoughts on Silva, insisting that the former Valencia man is a "fine player".
"What we see of him in training we know he is a fine player," confirmed De Jong. "We have been very impressed. I played with him at Ajax in the Champions League I know how good he can be.
"He is a technically gifted player who just has to find his way in the Premier League. He can do wonderful things with the ball. He is a big part of the squad and a really important player for us. Salzburg will be a good step for him."
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