Friday, August 13, 2010

Torres in contention for League opener

Fernando Torres could be in line for a surprise return for Liverpool this weekend after Roy Hodgson refused to rule him out of Sunday's visit of Arsenal.

The Spain striker has undergone a rigorous training regime after suffering a groin strain in last month's World Cup final in a bid to regain fitness ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign.

Hodgson has been largely impressed with Torres' input since returning to Melwood and insists that the 26-year-old still remains in contention for a place in the squad that will entertain Arsene Wenger's side at Anfield this weekend.

"Fernando has made a remarkable effort to get himself fit and ready for Premier League football and he has a chance," he said.

"He has worked extremely hard in the two and a half weeks he has been back so I certainly don't rule him out.

"His chances were being played down by the sports science people who said in an ideal world he would have a longer preparation period.

"They are rightly concerned if he plays too early he could have a recurrence of a knee problem which could keep him out for longer so it is quite simply a balancing job."

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