Italy striker Mario Balotelli is unsure about facing Armenia in their final World Cup qualifier here Tuesday as he is suffering from a stomach upset.
Giuseppe Rossi returned to the Italy squad on Sunday for the first time since the injury nightmare which cost him two years of his career.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli tore a strip off tearaway striker Mario Balotelli despite the controversial star grabbing the winner in the 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Mexico.
Fittingly, for a man who owns a vineyard, the enduring brilliance of Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo continues to prove the old adage that some things get better with age.
Mario Balotelli could miss Italy`s opening match of the Confederations Cup against Mexico Sunday after suffering a thigh injury while training.
Mario Balotelli scored both goals as Italy moved three points clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group B with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Malta at the Ta` Qali Stadium on Tuesday.
Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has questioned Mario Balotelli‘s commitment to the national side and called on the striker to show he can “become a champion”.
Mario Balotelli has hit out at criticism of his attitude, stating that whether people are entertained or angered by him is up to them, and suggesting that he does not need to grow up.
Italy will be praying history does not repeat itself this evening when Spain and Croatia line up in their final game knowing a 2-2 draw would see them both go through and the Azzurri heading home.
As many as 500 Croatian fans shouted monkey chants at Italy striker Mario Balotelli and evidence has been passed to UEFA.
Spain will have to go through Euro 2012 without influential duo David Villa and Carles Puyol, who were ruled out of the finals before the tournament started due to injury.
Italy`s Euro 2012 preparations received yet another blow as they were defeated 3-0 by Russia in an entertaining encounter in Zurich.
Giuseppe Rossi`s hopes to be fit in time for Euro 2012 football tournament were dashed as the Villarreal man again injured his right knee.
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