Euro 2012 qualifying

Back injury rules out Balotelli

October 5, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Italy's forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers after sustaining a back injury.

Balotelli, 21, will miss Friday's game in Serbia and Tuesday's clash against Northern Ireland with the problem that he picked up on Tuesday, and will now return to his club Manchester City for treatment.

Italy's team doctor Enrico Castellacci said: "Balotelli had problems during practice yesterday. We have decided, having spoken to Manchester City, to send him home."
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