Thursday September 13 2018
Nice leave Balotelli out

Mario Balotelli has been left out of Nice’s squad to take on Stade Rennais after he seemed overweight while playing for Italy.

The striker is not even in the side to play tomorrow evening’s Ligue 1 match.

He featured for an hour in Italy’s 1-1 draw with Poland a week ago, but seemed out of sorts and was roundly criticised.

Above all, he seemed to be markedly overweight, with some reports even suggesting he weighed 100kg.

The decision to start him in the Nations League match was a controversial one, as Balo missed practically all of pre-season training with Nice because he was trying to push through a transfer to their rivals Olympique Marseille.

SuperMario played only 76 minutes of football in one game before the Italy call.

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