BRENDAN RODGERS HAS confirmed that Fabio Borini will miss the remainder of the season after he dislocated his shoulder today.
The Italian forward was injured during Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Swansea in the sole Premier League match on the day.
He had only been on the pitch for eight minutes before colliding with Swans centre-back Kyle Bartley in a sliding challenge. The 21-year-old immediately let out a scream of pain as Bartley slid over his left arm, leaving Borini to trudge off down the tunnel at Anfield.
“He will probably be out for the season, it looks like he’s dislocated his shoulder,” Rodgers said after the match. “It’s unfortunate because it’s the other shoulder, he had the same injury at Chelsea. It looks like, early stages, that that’s the diagnosis.”
The incident was the only sour point in a dominant and impressive Reds victory over a weakened Michael Laudrup side, who have one eye on their League Cup final next weekend. Borini has been plagued by injuries since joining Liverpool from Roma in the summer and spent three months on the sidelines with a broken foot earlier in the campaign.
He made his return to first-team action at Old Trafford on January 6 but now looks set for a further spell in the treatment room. A first-half penalty from Steven Gerrard set the tone for the Reds, before Phillipe Coutinho marked his full Liverpool debut with a goal immediately after half-time.
Jose Enrique, Luis Suarez and another penalty, this time taken by Daniel Sturridge ensured Brendan Rodgers’ team rebounded from defeat to West Brom on Monday and rise to seventh in the Premier League.