Confederations Cup: Injured Mario Balotelli to miss Spain clash

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Fortaleza, Tue Jun 25 2013, 09:25 hrs

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Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s semifinal vs. Spain in the Confederations Cup due to a strained thigh, handing the team another major injury complication before facing the World Cup holder. The Italian Football Federation made the announcement Sunday following medical tests on Balotelli’s left quadriceps.

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The injury occurred during Italy’s 4-2 loss to Brazil on Saturday. The federation said that Balotelli would continue to be monitored in the hope that he can return for Italy’s next match — either the final or the third-place game. Italy faces Spain on Thursday then the final and third-place games are scheduled for June 30. Balotelli has been the Azzurri’s most explosive player in the tournament so far.

He scored the winner in Italy’s 2-1 victory over Mexico, converted a penalty in the 4-3 win over Japan and set up a goal for Emanuele Giaccherini in the loss to Brazil.

Also, Balotelli has started as Italy’s lone true forward in each match thus far.





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