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Hodgson hoping for good news on Torres' final injury

Liverpool could today learn the extent of the injury sustained by striker Fernando Torres in the World Cup final.

Torres (pictured) pulled up with an adductor injury in the closing stages of Spain's extra-time victory over Holland in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The 26-year-old is now back in Spain beginning a summer break and was due to have a scan on the injury yesterday.

Torres looked in considerable discomfort when the injury occurred but, having spoken to their Spain counterparts, Liverpool's medical staff are confident the problem is not as serious as was feared.

Liverpool's newly appointed head of sports medicine and sports science Peter Brukner said: "It certainly looked like it might have been bad but it seems not too bad.

"He certainly walked up the steps to receive his medal without too many problems, so we are optimistic it is not going to be too bad."

Torres has been plagued by injuries over the past year and looked some way short of match sharpness throughout the World Cup.

After undergoing two knee operations in the space of four months before the end of the domestic season, he failed to score in South Africa and lost his starting place for the semi-final and final.

However, after speculation linking him with a big-money transfer, new Reds manager Roy Hodgson will have been pleased to see him celebrating World Cup success wearing a Liverpool scarf.

Another pressing matter for Hodgson could be the future of Javier Mascherano after the midfielder's agent claimed he would like to join former boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.

The 26-year-old Argentina captain, who has two years remaining on his contract, has also been the subject of regular speculation.

On a positive note for Liverpool, midfielder Alberto Aquilani has reported for pre-season training fully fit.


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