Fabio Borini hopes to prove he can cover for Luis Suarez at Liverpool while the Uruguay striker sits out his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Sky
Borini has had an injury-hit first season at Anfield, only recently returning from more than two months on the sidelines with a dislocated shoulder but he marked his comeback with a goal in the 6-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
It was the Italian’s first Premier League goal and he intends to use it as a springboard to forcing his way into the starting XI of manager Brendan Rodgers while Suarez is suspended – but the former Chelsea youngster insists his return to fitness is more important for his chances of playing regularly than the absence of Suarez.
“It had been a long injury for me and a long wait to score in the Premier League,” Borini said. “It’s been hard. When I hurt my shoulder they said my season could be over but I fought back as I really needed to come back earlier.
“I took the minimum possible to get back training which was eight weeks instead of 12. Some people probably didn’t think I could make it but I fought back. I can play a big part now not because Luis is suspended but because I am back fit. Whether Luis is available or not, we all need to focus on doing our jobs.”
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