Antonio Conte gives positive update on Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's injury

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Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's injury does not seem to be as bad as first feared.

Today saw Liverpool receive yet another blow over their £16 million summer signing Mario Balotelli.

The Italian has struggled since his arrival at Anfield, scoring just two goals for the club, none of them in the Premier League.

On top of that he himself has had some blows to his confidence, being ignored from the first two Italian squads of the season for example.

But this week he was called up to the Italy squad to take on Croatia and Albania.

Unfortunately he will not get the chance to prove to his new Italy coach Antonio Conte that he is worthy of a permanent place back in the Azzurri fold.

He was sent back to Liverpool on Friday after complaining of an injury to his groin and hamstring. The worry was therefore that Balotelli had an injury that might rule him out of action for Liverpool in the upcoming weeks.

That, fortunately, is not the case.

Conte has now come out to confirm the severity of his injury - indicating the Liverpool striker does not have a muscle strain, which had previously been reported.

He said of Balotelli's injury:

"This is not a muscle strain but an inflammation of the pubic area. Yesterday and today he has not been able to train, it makes no sense to keep people in the national team who are not in training."

It certainly sounds as though the decision to send Balotelli home was mainly due to precautionary methods rather than anything significant.

He should be back in Liverpool action in no time.

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