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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 U21s, 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 £10.5million. He has played 10 matches for Liverpool this season, scoring once -- in the Europa League qualifying win over Gomel in August.

Vuckic ruled out

Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckic will be sidelined for the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate ligament.

The Slovenia international was carried off on a stretcher after a challenge by Samir Carruthers during the U21s' 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Monday evening.

A club spokesman said: "Haris Vuckic will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after rupturing his cruciate ligament in his left knee."

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 insisted Laudrup, who replaced Brendan Rodgers at the Premier League club this summer, retained his "full support" after a mixed start to the new season. He 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."