Mario Balotelli ruled out of Confed Cup semifinal vs. Spain
FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) -- Forward Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's semifinal vs. Spain in the Confederations Cup with a strained muscle in his left leg.
The Italian Football Federation made the announcement Sunday following tests on Balotelli. The injury occurred during Italy's 4-2 loss to Brazil on Saturday.
The federation said Balotelli would continue to be monitored in the hope he can return for Italy's next match - either the final or the third-place game.
Italy faces World Cup holder Spain on Thursday. The final and third-place games are June 30.
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