Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Benitez thrashes Torres surgery rumours

Rafael Benitez insists Liverpool have no intention of sending Fernando Torres for an operation on his hernia problem.

The Anfield chief has reacted to suggestions Spain would like their star striker to have an operation now rather than risk a further breakdown that could affect his chances of playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Torres has played two full matches since his return from extensive treatment but along with skipper Steven Gerrard, has not looked at his best.

But the striker is expected to lead the attack again on Boxing Day with Benitez hoping Gerrard and Torres will soon find their true form. And Benitez has again refuted claims Torres will need an operation.

Benitez said: "An operation is not in our minds, I was surprised to hear such suggestions from Spain because we have a good working relationship with their medical team. We will continue to manage Torres' problem and assess him on a game-to-game basis."

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