After a worrying four weeks out, Sergio Aguero is set to return to action as Manchester City travel to Stoke this weekend – and Mario Balotelli could be joining him with sharper vision.
The 24-year-old Argentine – who was last season’s top scorer in the league – suffered a knee injury during City’s opening win against Southampton.
And despite former captain Carlos Tevez’s prolific form at the moment, Roberto Mancini is pleased to welcome back his favoured striker to the team.
"We will try this morning with Sergio and after training we can decide,” Mancini said. “He is getting better – maybe [he could play]."
And 22-year-old Italian ace Balotelli has recovered from laser eye surgery following a battle with contact lenses and conjunctivitis.
Mancini said: "Mario is okay – Mario now sees everything."
And after watching rivals Manchester United come through the international break with three players on the sidelines – as Jonny Evans, Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa picked up knocks playing for their countries – Mancini’s men returned unscathed.
Mancini said: "We don't have any players with (new) injuries, we are all okay.
"Always is the wrong time for the international break but we have a lot of players."