Sunderland derby hero Fabio Borini set to miss out against Newcastle

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Fabio Borini is expected to miss out on today's Wear-Tyne derby.

Borini underwent a fitness test yesterday on an ankle injury after he was unable to play a part in training all week.

The Italian international - who netted home and away against Newcastle during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light - sustained the problem at West Brom last weekend and has been unable to run without feeling pain.

It is understood that Borini was still struggling when his fitness was assessed yesterday and is expected to be sidelined for Sunderland's bid to record a sixth successive win over the Magpies.