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Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that he is not sure he can rely on Mario Balotelli for a game as significant as tomorrow's Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge and admitted he is still mystified by the player on whom he has staked his reputation.

First Manchester City trophy is key says Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini has reiterated his desire to end 35 years of hurt and deliver a trophy to Manchester City.

City feel the strain without Johnson

Roberto Mancini has expressed his disappointment with the absence of winger Adam Johnson. The England international injured his ankle in training last month, and has not played since the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on 22 January. City, despite continued progress in the FA Cup and Europa League since then, have taken just five points from their last five Premier League games and Mancini bemoaned the lack of wingers available to him.

City face player shortage after Given ruled out for three months

They may be the richest club in the world but Manchester City could have just 16 senior players available for tonight's Europa League last-32 second leg against Aris Salonika. Roberto Mancini yesterday confirmed that goalkeeper Shay Given will miss three months with a shoulder problem he sustained in the warm-up before last week's goalless draw in Greece.

Roberto Mancini admits uncertainty over Carlos Tevez future

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits he cannot be sure how long Carlos Tevez might stay with the club.

Police ask City to limit derby-day antagonism

Manchester City have been asked by the Greater Manchester Police not to inflame Saturday's Old Trafford derby by allowing Carlos Tevez to repeat the kind of incendiary comments which dominated the build-up to last year's Carling Cup semi-final second leg.

Ashley Cole named England player of the year

Ashley Cole has emerged as a surprise choice as England's 2010 player of the year.

Carlos Tevez expresses love for Manchester City

Carlos Tevez has emphasised his commitment to Manchester City by saying "I don't think anyone loves the shirt more than me."

Chance for Bent to solve England's striking dilemma

Darren Bent, recently transferred from Sunderland to Aston Villa, has moved ahead of the other contenders to partner Wayne Rooney in England's attack. With Andy Carroll injured, he will start Wednesday's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen alongside – or just in front of – the Manchester United man. United's Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn and there are call-ups for the Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, West Ham's Scott Parker and the Aston Villa full-back Kyle Walker.

Carroll must prove himself in spotlights at Liverpool

For an amount equal to two Alan Shearers the 11-goal striker arrives at Anfield

Barry expects big things from Dzeko

Gareth Barry feels Edin Dzeko's late equaliser at Notts County yesterday will prove far more valuable than merely ensuring Manchester City remain in the FA Cup.

Johnson a derby doubt after picking up injury in training

The Manchester City winger Adam Johnson will miss Sunday's FA Cup trip to Notts County and is a doubt for next week's league visit to Birmingham City after he was removed from training on a stretcher yesterday.

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City have enough in the tank to go the distance, insists Johnson

Adam Johnson has warned Manchester City's rivals that this is a club with plenty in reserve and one that can only get better. The England winger said that Roberto Mancini's influence was now being felt on and off the pitch and that, as the season moved into its business phase, excitement within the home dressing room at Eastlands was building.

We are leaking too many goals, admits Mancini

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