Mario Balotelli ruled out of Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Armenia

Mario Balotelli has been struggling with flu, but could play in Italy's qualifier against Denmark next week

Mario Balotelli has been struggling with flu, but could play in Italy’s qualifier against Denmark next week

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Armenia on Friday night after failing to recover from the flu, the Italian Football Federation has announced.

The Manchester City forward, who did not feature in Italy’s opening two Group B encounters due to his decision to undergo laser eye surgery in the last international break, was set to lead the line at the Hrazdan Stadium alongside Pablo Osvaldo after Cesare Prandelli announced his starting XI on Thursday.

But now the Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco will replace Balotelli, who is expected to be available for Italy’s next assignment against Denmark on Tuesday.

From: guardian

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