Major Timlin blow for Southend

Fabio Borini’s agent claims his client is happy at Liverpool and

is keen to distance himself from talk of a move to Fiorentina.

Borini only moved to Anfield last summer, with Brendan Rodgers

bringing in a player he worked with during a loan spell at Swansea

City.

The Italian has not enjoyed the best of starts to life in the

Premier League on Merseyside, with injuries having prevented him

from making the desired impact.

It has been suggested that he could be tempted to head home at

the end of the season, with Fiorentina prepared to offer him a

route back to Serie A.

But Borini’s representative has moved to rubbish such reports,

with the 21-year-old fully focused on being a success in the

Premier League and justifying the faith shown in him by

Liverpool.

Marco De Marchi told firenzeviola.it: “I have never been

contacted by Fiorentina and I have nothing to suggest they are

interested.

“Fabio is happy to play for Liverpool, one of the most

prestigious clubs in the world, and is happy with his experience in

the Premier League.

“A return to Italy? Fabio is 21 years old and has already

changed teams five times. He is tied to Liverpool until 2017.

“If the reported interest from Fiorentina is true, then we

should thank them as they are a club that has focused on the

nurturing of young talent, but I haven’t discussed this with

Fabio.

“He is just back from an injury and his season starts now. His

mind is wholly focused on Liverpool.”

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The midfielder sustained the serious injury in the late stages

of Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient in the first leg of

their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern area final.

And a visit to a surgeon has confirmed Timlin has a displaced

fracture of his tibia.

Southend physio Ben Clarkson told the club’s official website:

“We visited the surgeon and it was revealed that Michael would need

to have it pinned and plated.

“It’s in a plaster at the moment but we will be looking into the

options available. It can’t be left to heal unfortunately so it has

to be worked on.

“It’s a real blow for Michael and the team, but he’s a strong

lad and hopefully he will come back stronger on his return.

“Everyone here would like to thank the medical staff at Leyton

Orient as well as those at Whitts Cross Hospital for their care on

Tuesday night.

“I know Michael also wanted to say thank you to all the fans for

their messages of support.”