Balotelli to miss qualifier because of flu

Flu rules out Mario Balotelli out of Italy’s 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifying match with Armenia.

Manchester City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli (R). Picture: AFP

ROME - Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's World Cup qualifying clash with Armenia on Friday because of influenza, the Italian Football Federation said.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco would play alongside Pablo Osvaldo instead.