TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Soccer

Balotelli ruled out of Confederations Cup semifinal vs. Spain

{eot}
The Canadian Press
6/23/2013 7:09:08 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

FORTALEZA, Brazil -- Forward 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.

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.

Alberto Gilardino would seem to be the logical replacement if Italy coach Cesare Prandelli sticks with the single-striker lineup. Or he could use several forwards such as Stephan El Shaarawy, Sebastian Giovinco, Alessio Cerci or Alessandro Diamanti.

A few other Italy players are also injured.

Key playmaker Andrea Pirlo was expected back for the semifinals after missing the Brazil game with a muscle problem although he only performed a brief, light running session Sunday before being accompanied off the practice pitch by team trainers.

Also, midfielder Riccardo Montolivo underwent a cerebral scan after a knock to the head against Brazil although the tests were negative. Still, he will be evaluated over the next few days.

Meanwhile, fullback Ignazio Abate was sent home after dislocating his right shoulder.

Spain routed Italy 4-0 in their last meeting, last year's European Championship final.

Mario Balotelli (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Premier League Shows on TSN.ca

TSN.ca is Canada's exclusive home to highlight and feature programs from the Barclay's Premier League. Check out the latest programs on VOD below.


Net Busters

BPL Match Pack

Podcasts

TSN 690 oranges @ halftime July 15: Patrice Bernier

Impact captain remains upbeat as the club go in search of their first road victory in Columbus Saturday

TSN 690 oranges @ halftime July 15: Tariq Panja

Live from Rio we discuss Germany's club and country cohesion and remarkable World Cup legacy

TSN 690 oranges @ halftime July 15: Sandra Gage

Brazil2014 bounce creates an extremely positive effect at the FIFA U-20's Box Office


More Podcasts

TSN TweetBox
© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television