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Soccer: Injured Balotelli to arrive in Italy later Tuesday

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Rome, June 25 - AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli is
set to arrive in Italy on Tuesday after being forced to abandon
Italy's Confederations Cup squad by a thigh problem.
The Azzurri's star striker suffered the injury in
Saturday's 4-2 defeat to hosts Brazil in Italy's final group
game.
The national team's medical staff had ruled him out of
Thursday's semi-final against Spain but they were initially
hoping the 22-year-old might recover for Sunday's final if Italy
make it through.
But on Monday it was announced that the forward would play
no further part in the tournament.
"I feel like a loser, going like this," Balotelli said
before he departed from Brazil.
"I'd like to stay but we (Milan) have the Champions League
preliminaries to prepare for and I have to get treatment.
"Anyway, my teammates will do well even without me".
Alberto Gilardino, who was part of Italy's 2006 World
Cup-winning squad, is expected to take Balotelli's place in
Italy's starting line-up against Spain.

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