New Sunderland signing Fabio Borini is hopeful that he can put an end to his injury nightmare while on Wearside.
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The Italian international joined Liverpool from A.S. Roma last summer for £10.5million, but saw his debut season on Merseyside disrupted by injury. It had been a similar story at his previous club where a shoulder injury had come amid a promising return of 9 goals in 20 appearances.
Now healthy again, Borini is desperate to put together a string of first team games and prove that his injury issues were a blip and not a habit.
“My first thought is to have a clear season with nothing major happening,” Borini told the Sunderland Echo. “I’ve always proved myself in the short-term - Swansea was a three-month loan (where he scored six in eight Championship starts) and then it was three months at Roma before injuries.
“I would like at least six or seven months without getting injured, which would mean all season. Last season was tough, mostly because of the injuries, not the move. Big-money moves happen in football. So do injuries, but they take you down, especially when all you want is to do well for a new team.
“Basically, your body pulls you out. I wanted to prove myself at Liverpool last season and I couldn’t really do it. I’ve come here to do that now.
“I always seem to have had injuries which are not the usual ones. Last season was basically the bone in your foot that you never use, but it’s very painful when you break it.
“You can’t really do much either because it’s in the middle of your foot. When you walk, it’s the only one that makes the other bones move.
After so many stints on the sidelines, Borini said he was desperate to be playing again, but with the depth of quality at Anfield, admitted it would be hard to force his way into Brendan Rodger’s first-team.
“I didn’t know I would be able to go on loan, but obviously I was thinking about it,” said the former Chelsea youngster. “Obviously with the players at Liverpool - (Luis) Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge - I felt I needed games.
“You never know what is going to happen in the transfer window so at the end, I had a chat with Brendan and it seemed I wasn’t going to be in his plans this year. I’m fully fit now... kind of!
“I had a bit of a problem this week with a hamstring, but it’s nothing serious. It’s just adapting to a different kind of work in training. My body needs to adapt that’s all.
“At Liverpool, we managed to play games during the week behind closed doors too, so the players who didn’t play as much were helped in their fitness.”