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Blow for Liverpool as striker Fabio Borini fractures his foot

The young striker suffered the injury while on international duty with Italy’s under-21 squad.

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LIVERPOOL STRIKER FABIO BORINI has fractured a bone in his foot and could be missing for some time, leaving Luis Suarez as the club’s only recognised senior striker.

Borini, who has had a slow start to life at Anfield, sustained the injury while training with the Italian under-21 side ahead of a clash against Sweden.

The 21-year-old had an MRI scan on Thursday evening, which revealed the full extent of the damage.

“The Liverpool striker has fractured the scaphoid bone in his right foot and will miss the play-offs with Sweden,” read a statement released on the FIGC’s official website.

The injury to Borini comes as a major blow to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Having only taken the reins at Anfield in the summer, the Northern Irishman loaned record signing Andy Carroll to West Ham the day before the close of the transfer window, yet failed to bring in a replacement.

Borini had lost his automatic starting spot to Spanish youngster Suso in recent weeks, but his injury leaves Rodgers desperately short of strikers as he looks to secure just his second Premier League win in charge of the Reds.

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