Balotelli leaves Italy’s training camp

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has been sent home from
Italy’s training camp with a right knee injury.

Balotelli will miss both Friday’s European Championship
qualifier against Estonia and Tuesday’s friendly with Ireland.

Balotelli had to be helped off the pitch after sustaining the
injury during a training match against Italy’s under-18 side
Tuesday.

Without Balotelli, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will likely rely
more heavily on Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi. The other
forwards on the team include: Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Alberto
Gilardino (Fiorentina), Alessandro Matri (Juventus), and Giampaolo
Pazzini (Inter Milan).