Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 10/15/12
Fever permitting, Mario Balotelli will return to Italy's attack for the first time since his standout European Championship performance when the Azzurri host Denmark on Tuesday. The World Cup qualifier should also mark Balotelli's first match in the San Siro stadium since leaving Inter Milan for Manchester City after the 2009-10 season. The joint leading scorer at Euro 2012, Balotelli missed qualifiers against Bulgaria and Malta last month after undergoing laser eye surgery, then also sat out Italy's 3-1 win in Armenia on Friday due to a fever. But he's feeling better now. Balotelli was included in the starting lineup that coach Cesare Prandelli had announced the day before facing Armenia, but then was removed the morning of the match. ''He's having breathing problems and it's not certain he'll play,'' Prandelli said Saturday of his status. However, team physician Enrico Castellacci said, ''Mario is OK.'' A bigger worry now for Italy is that goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has a l...
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