Wednesday November 6 2013
Balotelli benched in Barcelona?

There are reports Mario Balotelli could be benched for Milan when they visit Barcelona this evening.

The Champions League game kicks off at 19.45 GMT at Camp Nou.

Massimiliano Allegri is expected to adopt a 4-4-1-1 formation with Kaka in the ‘hole’ behind a striker.

However, the latest rumours emerging from the Rossoneri camp are that Balotelli will be dropped in favour of Robinho.

SuperMario has stuttered of late, but it would be a real snub for Allegri to leave him out of this fixture.

Balotelli was cup-tied last year, so didn’t make the trip to Barcelona, while he was only fit for a substitute role in the 1-1 draw at San Siro last month due to a thigh problem.

Balo is also suspended for the next Serie A tie with Chievo, so in theory will have fresher legs than any of the other forwards available.

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