Thursday 18 October 2012
Liverpool expect Fabio Borini to be out for at least three months after revealing that the striker requires an operation on a fractured bone in his foot.
The 21-year-old picked up an injury to his foot in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield on 23 September.
Borini, who signed for Liverpool from Roma this summer, aggravated the injury and was forced to withdraw from international duty with Italy Under-21s last week.
A statement on Liverpool's official website read: "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."
Arsenal received welcome news when midfielder Jack Wilshere and defender Bacary Sagna played the whole 90 minutes of a training-ground friendly against Chelsea at London Colney.
Both players, who are coming back from long-term injuries, have started Barclays U21 Premier League matches this season but have not played for the whole match.
The Arsenal team also featured the likes of Emmanuel Frimpong, who is also recovering from a long-term injury, Andre Santos and Andrey Arshavin but they lost 2-0 to a Chelsea side that included defender John Terry for the first 45 minutes.