Injured Balotelli sent home from Confed Cup (The Associated Press)

Italy forward Mario Balotelli (9) grimaces during the Confederations Cup group A soccer match between Italy and Brazil at Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 22, 2013. Balotelli will miss Italy's semifinal game against Spain on Thursday due to a strained thigh. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Mario Balotelli has been sent home from the Confederations Cup due to a strained thigh, leaving Italy without its top striker for both the semifinal vs. Spain and the final or third-place match.

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