Balotelli returns to boost Milan's European hopes

Published: 25th April 2013 04:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th April 2013 04:39 PM   |  A+A-

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By AP

Mario Balotelli will return from suspension to boost AC Milan's Champions League hopes when it hosts Catania in Serie A on Sunday.

Balotelli's ban for picking up his fourth booking of the season was extended to three matches after he insulted a match official. It was later reduced to two on appeal.

Without him, Milan has scored only one goal and is in danger of missing out on third place and a spot in the Champions League qualifying round.

Fiorentina is one point behind Milan following two straight victories. It travels to Sampdoria.

Juventus, which has an 11-point lead at the top of the table, can secure the title if results go its way. If Napoli loses at last-placed Pescara, Juventus would need only a point at city rival Torino.

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