Mario Balotelli ruled out of Confederations Cup with injury
Fifa Confederations Cup, Brazil
Semi-final: Spain v Italy
Venue & date: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza; Thursday, 27 June
Coverage: Live on BBC One and BBC Sport website from 19:55 BST, Live text commentary on BBC Sport website
Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of the rest of the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury.
Former Manchester City forward Balotelli, 22, scored in Italy's group games against
He played the full 90 minutes of the
4-2 defeat to Brazil
but will now miss Thursday's semi-final against Spain.
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Team doctor Enrico Castellacci said: "The player cannot recover between now and the final on Sunday. We prefer not to take any risks."
He added: "In agreement with the coach Cesare Prandelli, it was decided to send him back to Milan after speaking to the medical staff at AC Milan, who will look after him."
Balotelli had played as the lone central striker in Italy's three group games, and Prandelli has Alberto Gilardino, Sebastian Giovinco and Balotelli's Milan team-mate Stephan El Shaarawy as his forward options for the match with Spain.
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