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).