After he limped off just 23 minutes into Spain’s friendly with France last night, alarm bells were ringing over Fernando Torres. It seemed like the Liverpool top scorer was set to be out for some time after pulling up with what seemed to be a hamstring injury.
Thankfully, those fears have been allayed.
The Spanish team doctor, Jorge Candel, and the player himself have both said that the injury was not a serious one, and the player was only substituted as a precaution.
Candel said: “The injury of Torres is not of major importance.” Rafa Benitez no doubt heaved a cautious sigh of relief.
Torres also explained that he was the one asking to be brought off; he was unwilling to take a risk ahead of the Chelsea match on Sunday. He said: “I preferred not to risk it. I demanded the change.”
It’s too early to celebrate just yet – he still needs to be examined by medical staff back in England – but he sounds optimistic: “I will have medical tests, but I intend to play on Sunday against Chelsea.”