The Italian striker has been nursing an injury picked up in training, but looks to be ready for action again if his efforts at home are anything to go by
Mario Balotelli recently picked up an injury in shooting practice, so you could forgive Nice for wanting to wrap him up in cotton wool.
The Italian striker has rediscovered his spark since completing a summer switch to France, with the struggles of his recent past quickly forgotten.
AC Milan and Liverpool failed to bring consistent displays out of the enigmatic frontman, but he is loving life in Ligue 1.
Shooting practice breaks Balotelli
He is, however, a big miss for Nice at present as he nurses his way back from an unfortunate knock.
They will want him back as soon as possible, but are expected to tackle Toulouse on Sunday without the services of a key man.
Balotelli is, however, fast closing in on a return to full fitness, with the 26-year-old taking the time to work on his touch with a few keepie-uppies in his living room.
Playing around the house @enock17
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Nice officials are likely to have watched the video above through their fingers, with Balotelli opting to showboat on a rug that slips across a shiny floor.
He successfully completes his routine, though, and is a step closer to being welcomed back to competitive action.
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Nice will be hoping to return to the top of the Ligue 1 standings without the ex-Manchester City frontman on Sunday, with Paris Saint-Germain surprisingly dropping points against Montpellier.
Monaco have moved to the summit, but only on goal difference, and a point against Toulouse will be enough to lift Lucien Favre’s side back up the standings.