Balotelli withdraws from Italy squad

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iol spt aug13 Balotelli REUTERS Italy and Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli has undergone successful Lasik eye surgery.

Florence, Italy – Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has pulled out of the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly match against England and been replaced by Diego Fabbrini of Udinese.

Balotelli withdrew from the squad on Monday with conjunctivitis.

The 22-year-old Fabbrini is the ninth uncapped player called up for the friendly in Switzerland.

Fabbrini's inclusion marks a continuation of coach Cesare Prandelli's focus on youth for the match ahead of Italy's first World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on September 7.

Italy beat England on penalties in the quarter-finals at the European Championship en route to the final, which they lost to Spain. – Sapa-AP


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