Balotelli still sidelined for Liverpool

The 24-year-old striker will miss his side’s Premier League clash at Leicester after failing to recover from the groin problem picked up on international duty with Italy

Mario Balotelli will miss Liverpool’s trip to Leicester City on Tuesday as he continues to struggle with a groin injury.

Balotelli has endured a frustrating start to his Anfield career, scoring just two goals following his move from Milan in August, and has not featured since the 2-1 home loss to Chelsea last month after picking up a groin problem while on international duty with Italy.

The 24-year-old has missed Liverpool’s last three games, and manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed on Monday that the forward will not be fit for the midweek Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium.

There is better news for defender Mamadou Sakho, with the France centre-back shaking off a thigh complaint to return to full training – but the 24-year-old will also be absent at Leicester.

“The squad will be pretty much the same [as Saturday’s 1-0 win over Stoke City],” Rodgers said.

“Sakho trained yesterday with the team for the first time, but won’t be match-ready yet. And Mario is still not fit.”