Liverpool expects Torres back within 4 weeks

Liverpool expects Torres back within 4 weeks

Published Jul. 14, 2010 5:49 p.m. ET

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is set to be fit for the start of the new Premier League season despite sustaining a thigh injury as Spain won the World Cup on Sunday.

Liverpool said Wednesday that Torres should be back in action within a month after rupturing a muscle in his left thigh, putting him in contention for its opener against Arsenal on Aug. 15.

''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,'' Liverpool medical chief Peter Brukne said. ''He had an MRI scan yesterday which confirmed a small tear. He should be able to resume training within two to three weeks and be able to play again within three to four weeks.''

Torres struggled to make the World Cup after missing the end of Liverpool's season with right knee injuries and looked sluggish in South Africa.


He pulled up shortly after coming on during extra time of Sunday's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.