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