Confederations Cup news

Italy sends injured Mario Balotelli home

June 23, 2013
By Associated Press

FORTALEZA, Brazil -- Mario Balotelli has been sent home from the Confederations Cup due to a strained thigh, leaving Italy without its top striker for both the semifinal vs. Spain and the final or third-place match.

Having already been ruled out of the semifinal a day earlier, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli decided to send Balotelli home Monday after consulting with team physician Enrico Castellacci.

Castellacci said it wasn't worth ...

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