Mancini considers Boateng start

Boateng finally made his debut as a late substitute in Saturday’s

win over Chelsea after an injury-plagued start to life at City. The

22-year-old £10.4million signing from Hamburg was due to make

a late return for pre-season training anyway after starring in

Germany’s run to the World Cup semi-finals. But he aggravated a

knee injury in a bizarre collision with an in-flight meals trolley

last month, condemning him to a further period of rehabilitation.

Only last week was Boateng able to join the City squad in training

and he was far from fully fit on Saturday, meaning Mancini

preferred to use him off the bench. However, with Juventus due in

Manchester later this week and then Newcastle on Sunday, the Blues

boss is deciding what route to take next. “Maybe Boateng will get a

start,” said Mancini. “He needs to take things very softly because

I don’t think he is quite ready yet. “He needs to work and train.”