Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has confirmed via his Twitter account that he is back in first team training following a dislocated shoulder and surgery on the injury.
His return may have come too late in the season for the Italian to have a dramatic impact on the club’s Premier League fortunes, but it does ease one headache for Brendan Rodgers in the respect that he doesn’t have to find cover this summer.
Borini has been very unfortunate this season in the respect that he’s missed a lot of games for Liverpool due to injury.
That is likely to have given him the sort of deep and bitter determination to succeed at the club next season, which is something Liverpool will benefit on for the rest of the season and throughout the summer.
Borini’s fitness, in general, has taken a dip which is only natural for a player who hasn’t been training or playing games.
It’s all about the fact Borini has stopped Rodgers from having to go and spend money on attacking cover, which can now be pooled, centralised and used for one of Rodgers’ main transfer targets in the summer window.
Had Borini not recovered by the end of the season, meaning carrying an injury through the off season and pre-season, then it’s not outrageous to have expected Liverpool to go and shell out well over £10 million.
Liverpool have far bigger problems which Borini’s return allows them to focus on and they’re not problems, which have anything to do with Luis Suarez and his ability to bite opponents.
If Liverpool only have £20 million to spend as reports suggest, they will be under massive pressure to maintain the basic structure of the defence in time for the new season.
Jamie Carragher has retired, Martin Skrtel could leave and that means Liverpool’s budget has to go on replacing those two players while bringing through younger players in midfield and attacking positions.
Borini’s presence in the squad alongside Daniel Sturridge and Suarez means Liverpool have a trio of top quality attacking players they will be able to rely on if ironically, they can all avoid injury.
Rodgers has shown a great ability to bring teenagers out of the Development Squad and into the first team, which they could do again with someone like Adam Morgan becoming a senior squad player.
It’s a shame Borini’s return at this point of the season means he can’t really have any impact right now, but if he can now stay fit, he’s saved Liverpool a lot of money and hassle.
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