Tuesday 24 April 2018

Torres fit for Derby

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is fit to face Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby but Dirk Kuyt has been ruled out for a month.

Torres injured his thigh in the home defeat to Blackpool on October 3, but will return to the starting line-up alongside left-back Paul Konchesky.

"Konchesky has made a good recovery as has Fernando Torres so all being well we can welcome those two back," said manager Roy Hodgson. "We get two good ones back, but lose a good one."

Kuyt injured his ankle when he landed awkwardly in the Netherlands' 4-1 victory over Sweden on Tuesday.

Hodgson could also welcome back Fabio Aurelio -- who has not played since August 26 -- after his recovery from an Achilles tendon problem but Daniel Agger remains a doubt after sustaining a back injury playing for Denmark.

"Aurelio has made a good recovery and could be considered at the weekend," said Hodgson. "He's been out for so long it would be unlikely I would use him, but he is physically fit to be selected."

Irish Independent

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