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Mario Balotelli

24-Year-Old Forward     Liverpool  Premier


STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Groin    EST. RETURN:  11/29/2014
Birthdate:  August 12, 1990    Birthplace:  Palermo, Italy
Nationality:  Italy    Height:  6' 2"    Weight:  192 lbs    

November 25, 2014    Mario Balotelli News

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Balotelli did not travel to Bulgaria for Wednesday's Champions League match against Ludogorets because of a groin injury, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Balotelli suffered the injury over the international break and was unable to play in last Sunday's 3-1 loss at Crystal Palace. Rickie Lambert, who scored Liverpool's lone goal against Palace, could get another start, with Fabio Borini another possibility.

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Mario Balotelli: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

November 23, 2014

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Balotelli is out for Sunday's match against Crystal Palace, due to a groin injury.

Balotelli picked up the injury over the international break and was always considered a doubt to face Palace. Rickie Lambert will start up front in his place, with Fabio Borini and Lazar Markovic available off the bench.

November 18, 2014

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Balotelli is expected to play Sunday against Crystal Palace despite pulling out of international duty due to a hamstring injury, The Guardian reports.

With Daniel Sturridge sidelined again with a thigh injury, Liverpool are desperate to get Balotelli going, having failed to score in the Premier League this season.

November 10, 2014

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Balotelli has been called up to the Italian squad to face Croatia this week, reports the Daily Mail.

THis is the first time Balotelli has been named to the squad by manager Antonio Conte. The forward hasn't played for his country since the 2014 World Cup last summer.

October 20, 2014

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Balotelli came up empty handed Sunday in Liverpool's 3-2 victory over QPR.

Balotelli still does not have a goal this Premier League season and despite firing seven shots this match, he never looked very threatening. With Daniel Sturridge (calf) possibly out for another month, manager Brendan Rodgers doesn't have much choice but to play Balotelli alone up front. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Balotelli, but he currently should not be starting until his form improves.

October 4, 2014

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Balotelli is available off the bench for Liverpool's Premier League match against West Brom.

Rickie Lambert will start in place of Balotelli, who has yet to score a goal for Liverpool in Premier League play.

September 27, 2014

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Balotelli had a few opportunities in front of goal Saturday but was unable to get on the score sheet in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Balotelli has yet to score in the Premier League but is getting plenty of opportunities in front of goal. The enigmatic Italian did't have great goal scoring record during his previous stint in the Premier League with Manchester City, and has started the season slowly, giving reason for fantasy owners to temper expectations until Balotelli shows good form over a few gameweeks.

September 21, 2014

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Balotelli took three shots, with two on goal, but picked up a yellow card during Liverpool's 3-1 Premier League loss at West Ham on Saturday.

Balotelli opened his Liverpool account on Tuesday in a 2-1 Champions League victory over Ludogorets, but he has yet to find the back of the net for Liverpool in Premier League play. Opposing defenses are keying on him without Daniel Sturridge to take much pressure off, which has resulted in a number of potential conflicts. Nevertheless, he will continue to lead the line until Sturridge returns, though that could come as soon as next weekend for the Liverpool derby.