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Figuring out what's wrong with Stephan El Shaarawy should be top priority at Milan—especially since Mario Balotelli is so obviously unreliable.
Injury has hampered the young Italian all season, but the drastic dip in form that he suffered in the second half of 2012-13 continues, and he's frustrated on the few occasions that he has made an appearance this term.
The Rossoneri tied El Shaarawy to a lengthy contract last February after he'd single-handedly kept them towards the top of the table following the departure of their previous goal machine, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He also became their youngest-ever scorer in the Champions League with a strike against Zenit St. Petersburg, all of which hinted to a very bright future at the San Siro and for the national team.
By contrast, he's played just five games in all competitions in 2013-14 and is yet to score. He remains hopeful that he can still make Italy's squad (via ESPN.com), but the fact that he's just coming back to fitness now makes that an unlikely prospect. A triumphant return in the upcoming Milan derby might help, but it won't make up for more than a year of woes.
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