By Emily Tait
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is facing minor surgery to help correct a problem with his eyes.
The Italian, who wears contact lenses when playing due to his short-sightedness, has recently been experiencing problems with them due to instances of conjunctivitis.
His problems caused him to miss Manchester City's clash with QPR at the weekend, and he will now use the international break to travel to Brescia to undergo laser eye surgery.
He is expected to miss City's Premier League clashes with Stoke and Arsenal, but officials hope he will be available for the side's Champions League showdowns with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
City coach Roberto Mancini said the striker has recovered from the infection, but that it could return at any time, meaning the operation cannot be put off any longer.
First team coach David Platt said the procedure is just a minor operation.
"The contact lenses are the issue when he gets it, conjunctivitis. He can't get his contact lenses in, so he can't really play," he explained.
Cross-city rival David de Gea was also rumoured to be considering undergoing laser eye surgery in the summer.
by Emily Tait