By Emily Tait
Manchester City Mario Balotelli is expected to miss his club's next game against Stoke after undergoing laser eye surgery in Italy today.
The 22-year-old decided to have the operation after suffering from conjunctivitis associated with wearing his contact lenses.
Surgeons at the clinic in Brescia where he had the operation suggested he would be able to return to action in "around ten days", which means he will probably miss City's game with Stoke on September 15th.
"He had a few problems with contact lenses some years ago," surgeon Emanuele Scuri reportedly told Sky Sport Italia.
"We waited for the defect to stabilise over the last four years and this was the right time to have the operation. His eyes did not tolerate the contact lenses and had problems at the start of the season."
He added that the operation will allow Balotelli to "see very well".
The Italian is expected to be back in action before City's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.
by Adrian Galbreth