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Diego Costa injury: Jose Mourinho confirms Chelsea striker has 'a little chance' of playing against Manchester United on Sunday

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The former Manchester United defender signed for QPR over the summer

Arsene Wenger looks on during the 2-2 draw with Hull

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal's defending is a 'weak link' that they must improve

Arsenal face a Sunderland side who lost 8-0 last weekend

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The Hull manager feels sorry for the Italy striker

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Mario Balotelli training at Melwood yesterday

Liverpool vs Hull: Mario Balotelli and team-mates told to 'accept criticism', says Brendan Rodgers

The Italian striker has come in for criticism

Italian striker has three months to save his Anfield career after being taken off at half-time during defeat to Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli future: Liverpool 'losing patience' with controversial striker and would not be afraid to sell in January transfer window

Italian has three months to save his Anfield career after being taken off at half-time during defeat to Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli training at Melwood yesterday

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