Balotelli bags a double in Manchester City Under-21 outing

Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli scored twice in the Under-21’s friendly win over Blackburn Rovers on Monday, just two days after a cameo appearance in the 3-0 FA Cup third round win over Watford.

The Italian international bagged a double, but passed up the opportunity to seal a hat-trick by allowing midfielder Denis Suarez to convert from the penalty spot.

His shock contribution marks two appearances in only three days, given the striker featured as a substitute during City’s 3-0 win over Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie.

Balotelli is currently working on a return to full fitness in an attempt to push for a place for the Blues’ clash with Arsenal, as Sergio Aguero remains injured with a torn hamstring.

The striker’s future is currently under question, with revealing that AC Milan are preparing a bid to bring him back to his native Italy.

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