Balotelli ruled out of crunch Lazio match

Updated: Mar 01, 2013, 20:05 PM IST

Milan: AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has received some disturbing news from the treatment table ahead of this weekend`s Serie A match at home against Lazio as he will have to make do without the services of striker Mario Balotelli due to injury.

The former Manchester City attacker picked up a leg injury earlier this week, and will not be recovered in time for Saturday`s encounter at San Siro.

"Balotelli will not be available due to a bruised tibia. Unless something miraculous happens between now and Saturday morning, he will not feature against Lazio," Allegri stated at a press conference.

The 22-year-old striker`s absence will come as a huge blow to Milan as he has become a key player for the Rossoneri since his winter move.

Balotelli has scored four goals in as many Serie A appearances for the 2011 Italian champions since his estimated €22 million switch.