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Saturday 24 February 2018

Rafa cools torres talk

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed speculation suggesting star striker Fernando Torres could return to action next week.

Torres has been out since suffering a knee injury in the shock FA Cup loss to Reading last month.

The Spaniard is reportedly making good progress in his recovery but Benitez insists any claims he could feature at Manchester City tomorrow week are premature.

"He is training with the physios and the fitness coach, but he's still not involved with the team," said Benitez.

Torres (25) is Liverpool's top goalscorer with 12 goals this season, despite being restricted to 21 appearances by injuries.

Benitez is hoping that Jamie Carragher will be fit to feature in the Premier League clash at Eastlands. The veteran defender suffered an adductor injury in the midweek defeat at Arsenal and is unlikely to feature in the Europa League tie against Unirea Urziceni next Thursday.

Irish Independent

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