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Soccer: Balotelli set to miss Confed Cup semi against Spain

Star Italy striker suffered thigh injury in 4-2 defeat to Brazil

Soccer: Balotelli set to miss Confed Cup semi against Spain

Rome, June 24 - Italy look set to be without Mario Balotelli for Thursday's Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain after the star striker suffered a thigh injury in Saturday's 4-2 defeat to Brazil in the Azzurri's final group game. "At the moment it's very, very unlikely that he can recover in time for Thursday's match," Italy team doctor Enrico Castellacci told ANSA. Castellacci added that the 22-year-old may be fit to play if Italy reach the final of the tournament in Brazil. "It is possible to try for (the final on) Sunday, if the player and the coach agree. "We'll assess his condition every day and then we'll decide. At the moment, it's not possible to say too much about which way it will be go".

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