Balotelli doubtful for Sassuolo clash


Struggling Italian side AC Milan look almost certain to be without Mario Balotelli and Andrea Bertolacci for what could be a crucial game against Sassuolo.

The Neroverdi visit San Siro this weekend, with speculation that Rossoneri Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic needs a win to safeguard his job.

Club President Silvio Berlusconi has pointedly refused to offer a vote of confidence, and there’s more bad news for the Serbian Coach as Mario Balotelli has still not returned to training.

The striker is suffering with a sports hernia, and Sky reports that he trained apart from his teammates at Milanello today as he looks to recover.

The 25 year old Italian international, who is on loan in Milan, signed for £16million from Milan last summer and struggled to settle under Rodgers, but Klopp might have other ideas for him following the injury to Danny Ings.

Balotelli has been out of action since before the international break, making it extremely unlikely he’ll be ready to face Sassuolo while Bertolacci picked up a knee injury in AC Milan’s friendly defeat to city rivals Inter on Wednesday, the club have confirmed.

The midfielder lasted just 14 minutes of the clash – for the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy – at San Siro before being replaced by Jose Mauri.

Milan lost the game 1-0 after Geoffrey Kondogbia’s early opener, and afterwards the club confirmed the news of Bertolacci’s injury.

“AC Milan communicates that during the match with Inter as part of the 24th edition of the Luigi Berlusconi Trophy, Andrea Bertolacci suffered a heavy knock and bruising to the left knee,” a brief statement read.

“The exams carried out have ruled out intra-articular lesions. The player will be re-assessed in the coming days.”