Fabio Borini is closing in on a return to action after re-joining the main group in training this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Fabio Borini has joined Sunderland for a fee of £7.75m.
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.
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.
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.
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 boss Gus Poyet has confirmed that the club have reached an agreement with Liverpool over the sale of striker Fabio Borini.
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.