Saturday, 29 November 2008

Rafael Benitez Worries Injury of Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres' Injury Worries Benitez

Liverpool’s Fernando Torres suffered yet another hamstring problem in midweek against Marseille which looks set to rule him out of action for two to three weeks and has left his manager with deep worries about his striker’s fitness.

According to the, the Liverpool boss has revealed his dissatisfaction at Torres’ latest setback. He said: “We are very disappointed with the situation. We have to analyse why it has happened. We have been working with prevention exercises in the past, and still we have the same problem.”

Injury has restricted the striker to only seven Premier League starts this season and his manager insists the club had done everything they can to protect their player. He said: “We were taking time with him, he wasn't being rushed back. The time and training was all under control, as was all the exercises.

“We now have to analyse why it has happened again. The doctor and the physio were both working very hard with Fernando and they are both first-class, but now it is the same situation.”

The Reds boss also insisted that they would not rush Torres back, despite his obvious importance to the team. Benitez stated: “We will now not be taking any risks with his comeback. If he is fit then he will play, if he is not fit then he won't, it is simple.”

Yet Benitez is clearly more concerned with the long term but couldn’t hide his frustration at seeing his star man hobbling yet again.

“Everything was under control. But maybe against Marseille he was tired towards the end of the match and that is when it happened again. He went on a sprint and pulled something,” explained the Reds boss, “Now we will have to start all over again to try to solve this problem.”

Torres is likely to miss the forthcoming games against West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers and Hull City as well as the Champions League fixture with PSV Eindhoven.

However, the Liverpool man is clearly concerned with the player’s long term fitness and revealed finding a cure would be tricky.

"Because it has happened again and again we must analyse the small things. Maybe the way you walk, maybe your footwear or the exercises you do,” revealed Benitez, “I have talked to Fernando looking for a solution, and also with the doctor and physio staff. We must solve this, it is not a serious injury, more one that is difficult to cure.”

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