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Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 161

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Fabio Borini is closing in on a return to action after re-joining the main group in training this week.
The Italian picked up an ankle injury during the defeat at The Hawthorns back in October and Borini has struggled to shake off the problem, completing just one half of football since. However, following a series of injections, manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the 24-year-old "is back, he’s been training with us for the last few days." Jermain Defoe looks to be winning his race to be fit for Saturday after limping off at Selhurst Park on Monday. The striker rolled his ankle having scored the only goal of the game to secure the Black Cats’ first away win of the season. Billy Jones will miss out after collecting his fifth yellow of the season. Nov 25 - 5:17 AM

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Sunderland's struggles continued in its eighth loss of the season, which came down to a second-half penalty kick by Southampton's Dusan Tadic.

Fabio Borini returned to the fold after missing the last two weekends due to an ankle injury. The forward came on for Ola Toivonen, also recently recovered, at half-time, but could make a difference for the Black Cats. Younes Kaboul also returned to the starting XI, but John O'Shea could not overcome a hamstring injury. Duncan Watmore made his first Premier League start, coming in for Jermain Defoe. More bad news is possible as Sunderland could be bottom of the league if Aston Villa can scrape together a win against league-leading Manchester City on Sunday.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 7 - 12:07 PM

Sunderland's chances at the weekend were given a huge boost after manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Fabio Borini, Ola Toivonen, Younes Kaboul and John O'Shea are in contention for the weekend after training on Thursday.

The four players each missed last weekend's match with various knocks and injuries, with O'Shea and Kaboul's absences giving the club a defensive crisis. But Allardyce was hopeful they could all return for the weekend before taking the international break to recover: "The good news is Ola, Fabio, Younes and John all trained today. With no reaction from their first training session back in the squad they will be available for selection on Saturday which is important."
Nov 5 - 11:26 AM

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is hoping to have forward Fabio Borini back in the team after missing the Tyne-Wear Derby win against Newcastle on Sunday due to an ankle injury.

Sunderland has already suffered an injury to Ola Toivonen up top, meaning Borini could be thrown right back into the starting lineup upon his return. However, the emergence of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher in recent weeks provides some competition to the position as Allardyce looks to shake things up and pull Sunderland out of the relegation zone.
Oct 27 - 9:11 AM

The Black Cats could find themselves without a key member of their attack as Fabio Borini fights to be fit for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle.

The forward is facing a fitness test ahead of the weekend as he recovers from a knock. Manager Sam Allardyce said Borini is the club's only doubt heading into the weekend: "There are no fresh injuries other than Fabio Borini who picked up a knock against West Brom. He has a fitness test tomorrow so there is a slight doubt over him." If Borini can't go, Ola Toivonen has been passed fit for the weekend while Jeremain Lens is back from a red-card suspension.

Not enough threat going forward, too many conceded at the back. Dick Advocaat facing the perfect storm of problems…

Sunderland were never going to turn their season around this weekend, with Manchester United still buzzing from their (£35 million +) goal scoring ‘discovery’. But at least they stopped him scoring. The stubborn 1st half display will give manager Dick Advocaat encouragement, having conceded ten of their 13 goals in the opening period of matches. Although, the fact United’s opener came in added-on time caused by Sunderland’s blatant time-wasting won’t have escaped him. Changing from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 at half time might’ve affected the match were the scores level, but at 2-0 almost from the kick-off the day was done. The central defence has taken a lot of flak already this season, but seeing Steven Fletcher and Fabio Borini at the sharp end would anyone jittery. Oh dear, Dick. Is it too late for a u-u-turn…?
Sep 29 - 7:04 AM

Sunderland face a test of their psychological strength as the reality of a long, hard season kicks in. With ground to make up already…

Sunderland looked the team that were ready for the coming season the quickest. But now, five matches in – and just 2pts on the board – they look a month behind. The shape of the team looks better now – last season’s gung-ho 4-3-3 has been ditched for a more solid 4-4-2, with Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe looking a front two with potential. Jeremain Lens has craft and pace, but they still look like a team of strangers and – bizarrely – lacking match fitness. Only Chelsea (!) have conceded more goals and if they don’t get a win on the board soon, they could be cut adrift before they find their stride. It’s Bournemouth next and then the Manchester pair. A defeat against the south coast side and it could be a very, very long way back for Dick Advocaat’s men.
Sep 14 - 9:23 AM

Fabio Borini has joined Sunderland for a fee of £7.75m.

Borini has been out of favor at Liverpool and has found a new home in the Premier League. The 24 year old Italian played for Sunderland in 2013-14 and scored seven goals in 32 matches to help Sunderland escape relegation. He will be welcomed back by fans, but he won't hold too much fantasy value outside of Sunderland's easiest matchups.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 1:40 PM

Fabio Borini looks set to remain a Liverpool player - certainly for the time being - as talks with Lazio appear to have broken down over the players personal terms.

A fee had been agreed by the two clubs but Italian newspaper Il Messaggero report that a disagreement between the owners of Lazio and the players representatives means that the proposed move has been shelved. Borini of course has previous having rejected not one but two moves last summer for having "wildly unrealistic expectations" with his salary rumoured to be in excess of £140k per week. With two years still to run on his current contract Borini seems quite happy to sit back despite the arrival of Danny Ings and a proposed move for Christian Benteke pushing the Italian even further down the pecking order.
Source: talkSPORT
Jul 6 - 1:18 PM

In a not-so-common occurrence for Liverpool, goals were found from the striker position as starter Fabio Borini and substitute Ricky Lambert provided the scoring in the Reds 0-2 win over Aston Villa.

Today's result should confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that the purchase of Mario Balotelli was a gigantic and expensive mistake. Even without Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were able to display a competent attacking form against a Villa side who can shut you down on their day. Borini opened the scoring when he volleyed home a nifty Jordan Henderson cross as the latter scooped the ball over the Villa defense and Borini was able to stay onside. Brendan Rodgers then made a like-for-like substitution and flipped Borini for Lambert. The veteran received a Raheem Sterling pass out right on a counter-attack and slotted it into the far corner of net to seal the points in the 79th minute. With Daniel Sturridge due back in the near future and Pool showing better defending in the past couple months, fantasy investment across the squad is trending upward.

Fabio Borini may have played his final game in a Liverpool shirt after the Italian striker was sent-off for two bookable offences following his introduction during Sundays’ last gasp draw with Arsenal at Anfield.

A frustrated Borini cut a forlorn figure as he trudged off after a high challenge on Santi Cazorla left referee Michael Oliver with no option after he had been booked moments earlier for dissent. Borini rejected summer moves to both Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers to "fight for his place" but it is evident that the player does not feature in Brendan Rodgers’ long-term plans having only started one league game this season. Despite the stuttering and out-of-form Mario Balotelli and the disappointing Lazar Markovic Borini has been continuously overlooked and with Raheem Sterling also staking a claim for a place up front the forward may look elsewhere during the January transfer window.
Source: Metro
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 08:10:00 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has indicated that a move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini could still be on after confirming talks between the two clubs.

Sunderland agreed a fee with Liverpool two weeks ago and the club were keen to sell, but Borini himself decided he wanted to stay at Anfield, much to Poyet's frustration. It now appears negotiations are back on, and if Brendan Rodgers were to make it clear to Borini that he doesn't feature in his plans for the season ahead, then the 23-year-old striker may feel he has no option but to take the deal on offer at the Stadium of Light.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 05:46:00 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed that the club have reached an agreement with Liverpool over the sale of striker Fabio Borini.

Borini played an important role on loan at Sunderland last season, scoring some vital goals in the run-in as the Black Cats escape relegation, and had stated he was looking forward to taking that form back to Liverpool. However, despite Luis Suarez's sale the 23-year-old would still find himself behind Daniel Sturridge, Ricky Lambert and the incoming Loic Remy, so the next best option for Borini would be to return to the Stadium of Light. Manager Gus Poyet has confirmed a fee has been agreed, reportedly £14million, and the club are now free to discuss personal terms with the player.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jul 20, 2014 04:19:00 AM

Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli came up big with a header to give Italy the lead early in the 2nd half which proved to be the game winning goal in a 1-2 win for the Azzurri.

Balotelli beat former club teammate Joe Hart and defender Gary Cahill to the far post and showed his physical prowess to deliver the goal. The Italians were especially dominant attacking down the right as they exploited England time after time. They are in the driver's seat now to top their group.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Italy XI: Sirigu; Chiellini, Barzagli, Paletta, Darmian; De Rossi; Verratti, Pirlo, Marchisio; Candreva; Balotelli

The Italians' veteran #1 keeper Gianluigi Buffon came up with an ankle injury and is replaced by Sirigu. No current Premier Leaguers in the Italian side though Mario Balotelli is sure to recognize a few of his opponents.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 03:36:00 PM