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Torres on track to be back for Liverpool opener

Roy Hodgson can turn his attention to Liverpool's pre-season training camp today knowing Fernando Torres could be fit to start their Premier League campaign.

The Reds feared their star striker could be out for a lengthy spell when he pulled up abruptly playing for Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Their concerns were eased yesterday when a scan conducted by the Spanish Football Federation revealed a small tear to an adductor muscle.

Liverpool now hope the player can be training again in three weeks, a target that means he could come into contention for their domestic opener against Arsenal on August 15.

Torres had been granted the next three weeks off anyway because of his involvement in the World Cup.

The 12 other players to feature in South Africa were also missing from the party which flew out with Hodgson to a Swiss training camp yesterday.

Liverpool's head of sports science and medicine, Peter Brukner, said of Torres: "The initial assessment was he had a mild adductor tear and the Spanish medical staff didn't consider it to be too serious at the time.

"He should be able to resume training within two to three weeks and be able to play again within three to four weeks."

Hodgson will need to look at other striking options for the two-legged Europa League qualifier on July 29 and August 5.

That could mean an early chance for new signing Milan Jovanovic, the Serbia forward who was due to link up with the squad in the Alps last night.

Greece defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos is also expected to arrive before the end of the week.

England trio Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson are due to resume training next week but will be based back at Melwood rather than travelling to Switzerland.

Liverpool are playing three friendlies as part of their Swiss trip, against Al-Hilal, Grasshoppers and Kaiserslautern.


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