Brendan Rodgers will see his worst fears realized for the next two and a half months as his newest striker, Fabio Borini is set to face a three month surgical layoff at best due to an ankle injury sustained during his recent international duties with Italy.
With Borini out of commission and no Andy Carroll to be found at Anfield, Luis Suarez becomes the man of the hour more than he has the entirety of his career at Liverpool on the front lines. Last season he would have had the assistance of veterans such as Dirk Kuyt or Craig Bellamy to assist in a makeshift offensive pairing, but not anymore.
The Welsh spitfire and the flying Dutchman are both nowhere to be found in Liverpool Red and the only options for Rodgers now are to find a club willing to agree to an emergency loan, give Daniel Pacheco his chance or blood youngsters Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil or Michael Ngoo in some of the big games of the coming time frame.
An official statement from the club read as follows on LFC.tv:
Liverpool has confirmed Fabio Borini is to undergo an operation on a fractured bone in his foot.
The forward originally sustained an injury to the area during the recent Anfield clash with Manchester United.
He then further aggravated the problem resulting in a fracture and returned from international duty with Italy last week.
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.
The opportunity that could be afforded to some of the club’s youngsters in the next few games could see a major glimpse of what the future of the club holds in the striking department.
Both Adam Morgan and Michael Ngoo have proven themselves in the U21 sides and are tipped as massive prospects for the future. We all remember that Michael Owen was as young as those two when he broke through into the first team. However, whether either of them or the additional names such as Pacheco or Yesil can make that kind of impact remains to be seen until the tests of the coming weeks.