UPDATE: Friday, December 7 at 9:40 a.m ET by Michael Cahill
While there had been no definitive date for Borini's return thus far, the Red's forward did have some encouraging words via Liverpool's website on when he'd be back.
"The foot is very good and on Monday I see the surgeon to sort out the screws and see if they are taken out or not. On 26 December, I'll be back in Liverpool.
Looks like the long wait for Borini is coming to an end later this much. For Red's fans the date can't get here soon enough.
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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 17 at 11:55 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
Tough news for Liverpool today—Borini will have to undergo surgery on the fractured bone in his foot, and his rehabilitation time will take him out of action for a while. From Liverpool's website:
Borini was assessed by the club's medical team upon his return to Melwood and a decision was made for the 21-year-old to have surgery.
Typically, an injury of this nature requires a three-month rehabilitation period.
For a team already suffering through a dearth of options at forward, this is truly a devastating development. Luis Suarez is going to be a very busy man for the next few months.
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According to a report from Tony Barrett of The Times of London, the Italian FA notified the Reds that the 21-year-old forward has a broken bone in his foot.
The Italian FA has informed Liverpool that Fabio Borini has broken a bone in his foot. Their striker shortage has become a crisis.— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) October 11, 2012
Borini has played in all 11 of Liverpool's matches thus far this season (in all competitions), but had gotten off to a bit of a slow start in his debut season at Anfield. The former Roma standout has scored just one goal this season, but has been a crucial playmaker at the front despite his lack of goal-scoring form.
Losing the talented young forward is a crushing blow for the Reds, who were already fighting to overcome one of the worst starts in recent history, as well as injuries to right back Martin Kelly and midfielder Lucas Leiva.
The loss is particularly tough for manager Brendan Rodgers, who now has a severe lack of worthy strikers to fill the void next to star Luis Suarez. Without Borini, the best options are youngsters Daniel Pacheco and Suso, neither of whom are quite ready for a starting spot at Anfield.
Highly-touted striker Andy Carroll was sent to West Ham on a season-long loan deal before the year began, and cannot be recalled to the club until January at the absolute earliest, if it all. In fact, it's likely Rodgers will utilize a one-forward setup while Borini is out, unless another striker shines in his absence.
It's unclear at this point how long Borini will wind up being out of the lineup for the Reds, although the severity of the injury implies that he will likely miss a major chunk of time between the healing and rehab processes. Either way, losing him for a prolonged period of time will be a serious blow to Liverpool's efforts to fight back up the tables after a disastrous start to the season.