Balotelli limps out of Italy training

16 June 2012 08:18

Errant and talented forward Mario Balotelli limped out of Italy training on Saturday with a knee problem.

The Manchester City striker will be assessed by the Azzurri medical staff on Sunday to see if he can play in Italy's final Euro 2012 Group C clash with Ireland on Monday.

Balotelli has started both of Italy's previous two games against Spain and Croatia, both of which ended in 1-1 draws.

He was a disappointment against Spain and although he improved against Croatia he was hauled off early in the second period in both games.

His replacement Antonio Di Natale scored Italy's goal against Spain and there has been some media pressure on coach Cesare Prandelli to play the Udinese frontman from the start.

Source: AFP

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