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Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli expected to be fit for Italy"s opener with Spain

Italy boosted with news that Balotelli should be fit for Spain opener

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18:33 GMT, 5 June 2012

Mario Balotelli is expected to be passed fit for Italy's European Championship opener against Spain.

Manchester City striker Balotelli gave the Azzurri an injury scare yesterday after picking up a thigh problem and did not train this morning ahead of the squad's flight to Poland.

But head coach Cesare Prandelli was confident the 21-year-old would be ready for Sunday's Group C opener in Gdansk.

Fitness boost: Italy hope Mario Balotelli will be fit for their opening game with Spain

Fitness boost: Italy hope Mario Balotelli will be fit for their opening game with Spain

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'Balotelli, as well as (Christian) Maggio, has an adductor strain,” said Prandelli, speaking after arriving in Krakow.

'But it's nothing serious. He will probably be ready for the first match.'

Meanwhile, Balotelli will have both his family names on his shirt at Euro 2012.

UEFA's official tournament list shows that the forward has registered 'Barwuah Balotelli' as his shirt name.

Scare: The Italians were worried that a thigh problem could keep the Manchester City striker out but he looks to have recovered

Scare: The Italians were worried that a thigh problem could keep the Manchester City striker out but he looks to have recovered

Balotelli was born in Sicily as Mario Barwuah to parents of Ghanaian descent.

His African heritage is now being stressed days after Balotelli said in an interview that he will walk off the field if he is racially abused at Euro 2012.

He took the name Balotelli from his foster parents in Brescia, who brought him up after he became ill as a toddler.

Cristiano Doni among 17 arrested in Italian football match-fixing scandal

Former Atalanta captain Doni among 17 arrested for match-fixing scandal

Arrest: Doni was banned earlier this year

Arrest: Doni was banned earlier this year

Seventeen people, including former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni, were arrested on Monday in connection with a match fixing and betting scandal.

The operation, called “Last Bet,” was carried out in several cities in Italy following an investigation by magistrates in the northern city of Cremona.

The ANSA news agency and the Gazzetta dello Sport report that the inquiry is focused on several matches in Serie B over the past two seasons – with three of the matches including Atalanta.

Three Serie A matches from last season are also reportedly under investigation: Brescia vs. Bari, Brescia vs. Lecce and Napoli vs. Sampdoria.

Others arrested reportedly include former Inter Milan and Roma player Luigi Sartor, former Serie B player Alessandro Zamperini and active players Carlo Gervasoni of Piacenza and Filippo Carobbio of Spezia.

Charges reportedly include criminal association and sporting fraud.

In June, 16 people were arrested as part of the inquiry, which is being led by prosecutors in Cremona, and Doni was then placed under investigation.

In August, Doni was banned from football for three and a half years by the Italian football federation”s disciplinary committee and Atalanta – which was promoted to Serie A for this season – was given a six-point penalty. Doni has maintained that he is innocent.