Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has not played Premier League football since being substituted 51 minutes into the Manchester Derby on the 9th of December which Manchester United went on to win 3-2.
The fiery Italian was unavailable for most of the Christmas period as he was suffering from a virus.
As a result his fantasy football ownership has plummeted to less than 0.8% making him one of the biggest “Big Name” differentials in fantasy football.
Despite a training ground row with manager Roberto Mancini that was discarded as nothing, Balotelli returned to Manchester City’s senior squad over the weekend in their 3-0 win against Watford in the FA Cup.
Sergio Aguero has torn his hamstring and looks set to miss a few weeks of football,Samir Nasri is suspended and Yaya Toure is away at the African Cup of Nations with his brother Kolo playing for the Ivory Coast.
This will give Balotelli and Fantasy Football managers something to consider as it looks like the Italian may be about to get another of the “100 more chances” that Mancini promised Balotelli after their latest dispute.
Super Mario as he is known at the Ethiad Stadium played for the Manchester City under 21 team and scored two goals on Monday in their 4-0 win over Blackburn.
The Italian Striker turned down the opportunity to claim a hat trick as he decline to take either of the two penalties that Manchester City were awarded in the game.
This surprise appearance is an apparent attempt to get Balotelli match fit to help him regain match sharpness after missing 5 competitive games due to his illness.
Manchester City have a difficult trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal ahead this wekend, but if Balotelli gets the opportunity and scores he could figure in their following games against Fulham and QPR.
With Aguero missing, Mancini’s optimism to give the player chance after chance, his ability and these fixtures combined with a low ownership rate could see the talismanic forward get a few goals and help you move up your fantasy football league.