Football: Balotelli in doubt for Champions League play-offs
BERNE (REUTERS) - AC Milan's maverick striker Mario Balotelli could miss the Champions League play-off matches after the club said he had suffered a thigh muscle injury during a pre-season friendly.
Balotelli, who made a quick impact after joining Milan from Manchester City in January, went off near the end of Milan's friendly against Los Angeles Galaxy in the United States which the Serie A side won 2-0 on Wednesday.
"During the course of the game, Mario Balotelli suffered a muscular problem in his right thigh," said AC Milan in a statement. "He will be examined on his return to Italy."
The seven-times European champions will discover their opponents for the two-leg play-off round tie when the draw is made at Uefa headquarters on Friday. The first leg will be played on August 20 or 21 with the return one week later.