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Balotelli back amid ping-pong controversy

  • Reuters, Friday, March 7, 2014 3:13 PM
Mario Balotelli, who has scored 10 league goals in 18 appearances this season but missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, returns to the AC Milan squad for its Serie A clash at Udinese on Saturday after recovering from a shoulder injury.

"Balotelli is fine. He is still feeling a bit of pain but he needs to learn to live with it," Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said.

The Italian striker sparked controversy after he published a picture of himself on Twitter playing table tennis, sparking claims in Italian media that he was not taking the injury seriously.

"I'm not here to tell people how to use their own means of communication," Seedorf said. "What makes for news in Italy is a worry to me. This is such a trivial thing. Who cares if he played table tennis? He had a six-hour treatment."

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