Balotelli to miss Nice’s big night

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Nice striker Mario Balotelli will miss the re­turn leg of its finely poised Cham­pi­ons League third-round qual­i­fier against Ajax on Wed­nes­day after limp­ing out of the 1-1 draw in the first match.

The Ital­ian tar­get man, for­merly of Manch­ester City, gave Nice the lead be­fore limp­ing off when a nag­ging thigh strain flared up last Wed­nes­day, and has not trained since.

The win­ner of the tie goes into the fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League play­off round and the loser into the Europa League play­off round.

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