#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – BALOTELLI NOT IN SHAPE FOR MILAN DERBY MATCH – Sinisa
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli is not fit enough to start this weekend’s derby with
Inter despite scoring in a cup match on Tuesday, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said.
“There was never a question of Mario playing the derby because he’s not yet in
shape to play,” the coach told Italian sports channel Rai Sport. Balotelli, who has
missed three months of the season due to a groin injury, scored the penalty that
scraped a 1-0 win for Milan over third tier Alessandria in the first leg of their Coppa
Italia semi-final on Tuesday.
“We know Balotelli, (Kevin-Prince) Boateng and the others that have played less
can’t quite come through a full match yet, but the only way to build up match fitness
is by giving them game time,” said the coach to the club’s official channel.
Sixth-placed Milan play local rivals Inter, fourth in the league, on Sunday evening in a
fixture that is always a highlight of the Serie A season.