Nice Minus Balotelli in Laga Kontra Napoli
Mario Balotelli is expected to miss the first leg of the Champions League playoff against Napoli, said Nice coach Lucien Favre.
The two teams will face each other for a place in the Champions League, with the first leg at the Stadio San Paolo on August 16 and return to Nice on 22 August.
“It is highly unlikely that Balotelli will be ready for the next game against Troyes and he may not have recovered against Napoli next week,” Favre said today.
“He suffered a knee tendon injury, he needed a mild pre-season training to regain his fitness.”
Wesley Sneijder has just arrived as a free agent from Galatasaray, but his presence against Napoli is also unclear.
“We’ll see how much he’s experienced in the next few days.”
Nice will face Napoli in a Champions League play-off, and Balotelli sends a love message to Naples.
“I love Naples and Neapolitans. I always feel sorry for confronting them as enemies. “