World Cup qualifying

Timing of Balotelli surgery 'hurt' Prandelli

October 9, 2012
By Press Association
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli toyed with the idea of dropping Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli from his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Armenia and Denmark.

Prandelli said Monday that he was left "hurt" by the 22-year-old striker's decision to schedule lazer eye surgery during the last international break.

"I tell you the truth, when he decided to undergo surgery just two weeks before his commitments to the national team, there was hurt," Prandelli ...

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