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Borini woe aggravates Reds’ crisis

LIVERPOOL'S striker shortage has worsened after Fabio Borini suffered a fractured foot while on international duty with Italy.

BORINI was injured during training with his country’s U-21s, leaving Luis Suárez as the only senior striker available to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Liverpool will assess the damage when the 21-year-old returns to Merseyside.

Borini joined Liverpool from Roma in July for a fee of around £10.5m. He has played 10 matches for Liverpool this season, scoring once - in the Europa League qualifying win over Gomel in August.

Faith in Hughes

QPR boss Mark Hughes has the full support of the Loftus Road dressing room, according to defender Clint Hill.

Hughes has yet to see his side win in the Premier League this season and Rangers sit bottom of the table despite an influx of big-name signings over the course of the summer.

Despite their meagre tally of only two points, QPR's chairman Tony Fernandes has backed Hughes and Hill has revealed the players also believe the Welshman will turn things around.

“The gaffer’s confident he can turn things around - he wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t. He’s still got the full support of all the boys. We’re fully behind him and the staff,” Hill said.

Laudrup backed

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has jumped to the defence of manager Michael Laudrup following reports that senior players at the club had expressed doubts over the Dane’s management style. Jenkins said: “Michael Laudrup and his staff have the full support of everyone connected to Swansea City and will continue to do so during the long season ahead.”