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Sunderland boss backs on-loan Liverpool striker Borini to recover quickly

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FABIO Borini is not expected to suffer any long-term effects from falling violently ill during Sunderland’s game against Cardiff City at the weekend.

The on-loan Liverpool striker had a bad reaction at the half-time interval, having started the game already feeling unwell, and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

He remained in Wales on Saturday night but returned to Wearside yesterday and head coach Gus Poyet believes that the 22-year-old should be fine after rest.

“Fabio is feeling better and the information from the doctor is good,” he said.

“We were worried because he was really, really unwell and the doctor decided to take him to hospital.

“He had been sick before the game, but he wanted to play and he did quite well.

“At half-time though, he was away – he was looking down and weak, so we decided to change him and the doctor checked on him twice before deciding he needed to get to hospital.”

Although Poyet is satisfied that Borini will recover swiftly, he says it is just another example of how Sunderland’s first-team squad is being tested to the limit.

As well as Borini’s illness, Adam Johnson was too unwell to make the trip to Wales and going into the festive period both Jack Colback and Steven Fletcher were laid low by viruses.

On top of that, John O’Shea suffered a shoulder injury in Sunderland’s goalless draw against Norwich City while fellow centre-back Wes Brown picked up a three-game suspension after being red-carded in the same game.

“We have had problems,” acknowledged Poyet. “We’ve had Johnson ill and Borini got sick.

“We had a problem, too, with Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite – that they have not played a lot together and now they were being asked to play two 90-minute games in 48 hours.

“That’s not ideal – especially when, on top of that, the fixture list has given us such a challenge, playing away at Everton on Boxing Day and then having to travel to Cardiff two days later.

“We are up for it though and Borini’s attitude of wanting to play is typical of that – it is part of what has helped us go five games unbeaten.

“The squad is showing character in difficult circumstances and I’m delighted with that.“

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