Football - Balotelli in City contention with Aguero absent

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie against Watford but controversial forward Mario Balotelli is available after recovering from a virus.

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Manager Roberto Mancini, who has been pictured grappling with Balotelli in a training-ground bust-up, has said the 22-year-old could be on the bench but forward Samir Nasri is suspended and Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak are on international duty.

Defenders Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (both knee) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are longer-term casualties.

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