Balotelli out for Italy

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's World Cup qualifier with Armenia on Saturday morning (AEDT) after failing to recover from the flu.

Balotelli, who missed his side's opening two Group B encounters due to his decision to undergo laser eye surgery in the last international break, was set to lead the line at the Hrazdan Stadium alongside Pablo Osvaldo after head coach Cesare Prandelli announced his starting line-up on Thursday

But now Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco will replace the Manchester City striker, who is expected to be available for Italy's next assignment against Denmark on Wednesday morning (AEDT).