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Borini Injury Not as Bad as Feared

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With a £14M transfer offer on the table, Fabio Borini fell to injury yet again while playing for Liverpool. At least it turns out that this time the injury isn't as bad as first feared.

Michael Regan

Fabio Borini and injuries sometimes just seem to go together. At least when the young striker is playing for Liverpool. In his first season at the club, he missed 31 games and 164 days through injury, including a dislocated shoulder that required surgery and kept him out for two months.

Last night in Liverpool's pre-season friendly he again injured his shoulder—looked as though he might even have dislocated it. Luckily for all involved, it turns out to have only been a bruise, and Brendan Rodgers doesn't expect that the knock will keep Borini out of action for very long.

"It's probably not as bad as first thought," said Rodgers. "He's had problems in the past with his shoulder, but he's only bruised it. He'll miss a few days of training. He won't train now for the remainder of the [time in Boston], but it's only going to be a matter of days before he's back training and playing again."

Despite gaining a reputation for extreme fragility at Liverpool, last season at Sunderland he appeared to have put any injury questions behind him. He missed a half of action last season when he started a game despite illness and had to be taken to the hospital at the half. Otherwise, he was healthy.

It's tempting to suggest Borini, despite his desire to prove he has a place at Anfield, should move on if for no other reason than to stop himself ending up with the same injury record as Liverpool's last Fabio—the oft-injured Fabio Aurelio. Sooner or later, though, his luck has to change. Right?