Following his return to Liverpool from the Italian national team with a broken foot, it has been confirmed today that Fabio Borini will need to undergo surgery to ensure the fracture heals cleanly. Originally, team doctors had believed that an injury suffered against Manchester United in league action that forced the striker off at the half was nothing more than a swollen ankle, but after aggravating the injury in training last week it was discovered that the problem was in fact more severe.
As a result, Borini will be sidelined for the next three months rather than the six to eight weeks he was expected to miss when he first returned to Liverpool, leaving the club with one senior striker on the books until at least the middle of January—at least if the club doesn't splash on a new forward when the transfer window opens.
That means plenty of action in the coming weeks for Luis Suarez, as Saturday's match against Reading signals a stretch that sees Liverpool play seven matches over the next four weeks. It also likely means chances to impress for Samed Yesil and Adam Morgan, while even options such as Michael Ngoo or moving a player like Jonjo Shelvey to centre forward for a spell could be possibilities in the coming weeks for Brendan Rodgers.