Times have been tough for Mario Balotelli since his arrival at Liverpool. He has struggled to find goals since his £16 million arrival from AC Milan and has certainly struggled to step out of the shadow of Luis Suarez.
Those problems even saw him lose his place in the Italian national team, although Antonio Conte recently recalled him for the games against Croatia and Albania.
Unfortunately for the Liverpool striker he simply cannot buy a break at the moment.
The Italian has been sent back to Melwood for tests after suffering an injury on international duty. Persistent hamstring and groin injuries are reportedly to blame and the Italian Football Federation said of its decision to let him go home:
“Mario Balotelli and Angelo Ogbonna will leave the team training camp. Although Ogbonna’s left thigh injury is improving, he has been advised to avoid stressing the injury as a precaution."
“It is the same scenario for the Balotelli, who since Friday has felt a hamstring strain and a sore groin.”
With Daniel Sturridge only recently returning to light training for Liverpool news of Balotelli's problem will not be received well, even by those frustrated by his current performances for Liverpool.
With games coming up against Crystal Palace and Ludogorets the club will need fire power. So they will be hoping from positive news from his upcoming tests.