Team news: Balotelli struggling ahead of Madrid tie

Mario Balotelli
In Mario Balotelli's absence Roberto Mancini will rely on Carlos Tevez for goals. Credit: PA

Striker Mario Balotelli (back) is doubtful for Manchester City's Champions League Group D clash against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Left-back Gael Clichy is almost certainly out after suffering an ankle injury in the 5-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Midfielder James Milner (hamstring) could return but Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is unlikely to feature despite returning to training and right-back Micah Richards (knee) and centre-back Kolo Toure (ineligible) are out.

Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Clichy, Nastasic, Milner, Nasri, Garcia, Barry, Silva, Y Toure, Evans, Sinclair, Dzeko, Aguero, Tevez, Balotelli.

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