Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani assures Mario Balotelli will not be fined after he was spotted out late clubbing, but “we hope he’ll recover in time for Lazio.”
The former Manchester City striker is training on a personalised schedule this week after picking up a knock to the knee during the 1-1 draw with Inter.
“The doctors tell me Balotelli picked up a knock, probably when he collided with Samir Handanovic in the second half. We hope he’ll recover in time for Lazio on Saturday evening,” Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Derby della Madonnina did not go as SuperMario hoped, as he failed to find the net and was fined for making a vulgar gesture towards the Inter supporters.
“I didn’t see it,” insisted Galliani. “I read that there was a gravely offensive gesture, but I haven’t spoken to him.
“As for the night out clubbing, all the players go out after a game. I cannot bar them from going dancing after a match, otherwise every club in Milan would close!”
Agent Mino Raiola claimed the reason for Balotelli’s below-par performance against Inter was he had a high temperature.
“None of us knew about it, not even the Coach or the medical staff. I guess we’ll nominate Raiola as our new chief medic,” smiled Galliani.
Milan won the first leg 2-0 against Barcelona, but Andres Iniesta insists “hand in the fire” that the Blaugrana will reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
“Iniesta is an extraordinary player. Of course he’s not going to say that Milan will qualify. If he loses his hand in the fire, we’d still sign him next season, as he’s a great player.”