Kidd rubbishes Mario rumours
Brian Kidd has insisted reports that Mario Balotelli will be out until November are 'nonsense'.
Last Updated: 16/09/10 9:18am
Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd has insisted that reports stating that new striker Mario Balotelli will be out until November are 'nonsense'.
The Italy international arrived at Eastlands from Inter in August for £24million and was hailed as being a major coup by manager Roberto Mancini.
Balotelli scored City's winner on his debut in their Europa League tie against Timisoara at the end of August, however he has not played since that game after undergoing a knee operation and returning to Italy to undergo a rehabilitation plan.
City had hoped that the 20-year-old would return in a couple of months, but sources in Italy have suggested that he may not be in line to return for at least another ten weeks.
Kidd however has denied these reports, stating that the player would return on schedule and that he is back in Manchester.
"There is nothing sinister in this," countered Kidd.
"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."
Another player whose role has been questioned so far since moving to Manchester this summer is Spanish World Cup winner David Silva.
The tricky winger made the switch from Valencia despite being in demand by some of Europe's biggest clubs, but has yet to play a prominent role in any of City's games so far this season.
Silva has often been on the bench so far, with some claiming that he may return to Spain in January, but Mancini denied any rumours and backed the player to make an impression after a short pre-season with his new club.
"David Silva is ready to play," said 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."