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