Confederations Cup: Mario Balotelli to miss Italy's semi-final with Spain through injury

Mario Balotelli: Italy striker ruled out of semi-final clash

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Italy striker Mario Balotelli is out of the Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain on Thursday because of injury.

The 22-year-old AC Milan frontman was ruled out after tests and will now be assessed ahead of either the final or the third-fourth place play-off game on Sunday.

A statement from the Italian Football Federation said: "The examinations carried out this afternoon [Sunday] in Fortaleza on Mario Balotelli showed a grade-one tear in the quadriceps muscle of the left leg.

"The player will not be available for the semi-final against Spain on Thursday, June 27 and in the coming days, his condition will be evaluated for the match on the 30th."

Balotelli picked up his injury in Saturday's 4-2 defeat by hosts Brazil.

Midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who missed the Brazil game with a leg injury, is improving, while Riccardo Montolivo sat out training on Sunday after picking up a head injury in the previous night's game.

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