Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mario, Robin Ready for International Returns

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mario, Robin Ready for International Returns

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MARIO Balotelli and Robin van Persie are set to return for their countries tonight after sitting out Friday's round of World Cup qualifiers.

Balotelli missed the3-1 win over Armenia with a virus but returned to light training over the weekend and could be ready to face Denmark in the San Siro tonight.

If Balotelli is able to play, it will be the 22-year-old's first match at the stadium since he left Inter Milan for City in 2010.

"Balotelli responded well to tests (Saturday) and (Sunday)," said team doctor Enrico Castellacci.

The possible return of Balotelli has coincided with fresh selection problems for Cesare Prandelli, not least the likely absence of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

The Juventus man has an adductor problem and sat out training over the weekend, possibly opening the door for Napoli's Morgan De Sanctis to start.

In defence, Christian Maggio could miss out after being given permission to return home at the weekend following the birth of his child. …

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