Despite emphatically dispatching Swansea in the English Premier League 5-0 over the weekend, Liverpool have suffered a significant injury blow with Fabio Borini being ruled out for the remainder of the season. The news comes after a challenge with defender Kyle Bartley resulted in the Italian dislocating his shoulder just eight minutes into coming on.
Manager Brendan Rogers told the Liverpool FC website this about Borini's status:
He will probably be out for the season. It looks like he's dislocated his shoulder.
It's unfortunate. It's actually the other shoulder to a similar injury he had when he was at Chelsea.
It looks like in the early stages that is the diagnosis.
At 21 years of age, Borini has certainly had more than his fair share of serious career injuries. Keep in mind he has already been sidelined at Liverpool for a few months due to a broken foot.
This season, the Italian international has made just six appearances for Brendan Rogers and the fact that he only returned from his previous injury last month has not at all aided his cause.
Liverpool's 5-0 victory against Swansea ended a five-game winless streak for the Reds. Daniel Sturridge netted again, albeit from the spot, in another impressive display from the former Chelsea man. New signing Coutinho also got his name on the scoresheet with a little help from Luis Suarez.
Whilst Rogers' statements about Borini's injury are premature, it is expected that medical reports will indeed confirm the forward's unavailability for the remainder of the campaign.
Borini is a promising talent, and as is the case any time a player gets injured it is natural to hope for a speedy recovery. For the sake of Borini and Liverpool fans alike, let's hope he finds his way back as soon as possible.
The victory sees Liverpool leap-frog Swansea into seventh place.