Mario Balotelli dropped by Nice for Ligue 1 match

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Mario Balotelli got his Nice career off to the perfect start by netting twice on his debut last weekend in a 3-2 win over Marseille.

But just a week later, he finds himself out of the reckoning for his new side's latest Ligue 1 clash against Montpellier.

The Italian has been left out of Lucien Favre's squad for the match on Sunday and if the speculated reasoning is to be believed, it is another frustrating blow for the often controversial striker.

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Various publications, including the Daily Mail, have reported that Balotelli's fragile physical condition has forced Favre to consider other options.

The former Liverpool forward's second appearance for Nice was not quite as fruitful as his first as he struggled to feature prominently enough during Thursday night's 1-0 loss to Bundesliga side Schalke in the Europa League.

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And given Balotelli's lack of first team football over the last couple of years, it shouldn't really be a surprise to see Favre erring on the side of caution.

Three games in a week might have proven a step too far at this early stage of the season and he did not take part in training on Saturday.

Balotelli arrived in Nice on a deadline day free transfer from Liverpool, just two years after moving to Anfield for £16 million.

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His brief spell on Merseyside yielded one Premier League goal from 16 appearances and at the start of the summer, manager Jurgen Klopp made it very clear he had no future at the club.

After leaving, he claimed that signing for the Reds had been the worst decision of his life, which given his list of previous misdemeanours is quite a statement.

"It was the worst mistake of my life," he told Canal Plus, as per The Telegraph.


"Apart from the fans, who were fantastic with me, and some of the players who I really got on with, I didn't like the club.

"I had two coaches, Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp. As people they didn't make a good impression on me. I didn't get along with them."

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