Liverpool's Torres ruptures thigh muscle

Published Jul. 14, 2010 11:57 a.m. ET

Spain's Football Federation says Liverpool and World Cup-winning Spain striker Fernando Torres has ruptured a muscle in his left thigh.

In a statement on its website the federation says Torres had a magnetic resonance scan on Tuesday at the Cemtro de Madrid Clinic and evidence was found of "a Grade 1 muscle fiber rupture in the left thigh."

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.

Cadena Ser news network said Wednesday the scan results would be sent to Liverpool and it was unlikely Torres would play before the new season starts next month.