Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has announced the departure of AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli is out of the Confederations Cup with a thigh injury.

"Balotelli was very disappointed, but there was no time for him to recover," explained Prandelli.

"In any case, there was no pressure from Milan on me or the Federation to bring him straight back to Italy.

"Without Mario we will have to try to work more on the collective."