Italy coach Antonio Conte admits he does not have the time to change striker Mario Balotelli
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Mario Balotelli has withdrawn from the Italy squad ahead of Wednesday night's friendly meeting with Argentina after suffering a knee injury in training.
The AC Milan striker, who was forced to leave last month's Confederations Cup campaign in Brazil early with a leg injury, will be unable to line up against the South American nation at Rome's Stadio Olimpico in a game organised in deference to recently elected Pope Francis, who is Argentinian.
Mario Balotelli plays the Italian national anthem for Andrea Pirlo on the piano.
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The Italy and Argentina squads will be granted an audience with the Pope at an international friendly at Rome's Stadio Olimpico next month, the Italian Football Federation has confirmed.
Pope Francis - born Jorge Mario Bergoglio - became the first Argentinian pope upon his election in March and the footballing federations of both Italy and his homeland have now agreed to "pay homage" to the pontiff.
Italy beat Jack Charlton's Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Rome to progress to the World Cup semi-finals during Italia '90 thanks to a goal from Salvatore Schillaci.
Brazil finished top of Confederations Cup Group A by beating Italy 4-2 in their final pool game in Salvador.
Neymar maintained his record of scoring in each match at the tournament so far by netting his team's second goal.
Both teams went into the game already assured of their places in the last four.
– Italy manager Cesare Prandelli
Balotelli, on the other hand, must stop flexing his muscles, because every yellow card counts and we will pay for them.