Liverpool medical staff believe the injury sustained by striker Fernando Torres in the World Cup final may not be as serious as originally feared.
Torres, who returned from surgery just in time for the finals in South Africa, pulled up in extra-time during Spain’s victory over Netherlands, leading to fears that he may have suffered a recurrence of the knee injury that plagued him last season.
But fears that Torres may be out for up to two months is wide of the mark, according to Liverpool officials.
Dr Peter Brukner, the new head of medicine and sports science at Anfield, has reassured fans Torres shouldn’t be out of action for too long.
“We’ve been in touch with the Spanish medical team and they don’t think it’s too serious,” Brukner said. “It’s an adductor muscle injury but they’ve not had a chance to assess it today.
“Fernando will have a proper assessment and probably a scan tomorrow and some of the Liverpool medical staff will go to Madrid later in the week to fully assess the injury and organise his rehab.
“At this stage we don’t think it’s too serious. We can’t say too much more at the moment until it is properly assessed.”
Liverpool have also been boosted by the news that Alberto Aquilani has fully recovered from the ankle injury that undermined his first season at Anfield.
“Alberto’s ankle, which was a problem last year, is now 100% healed,” Brukner told LFC Weekly magazine. “He has been training and has looked very sharp.
“He’ll have to keep working on his injury prevention programme and if he does, I’m sure the supporters will see the best of him because last season was very frustrating for him injury-wise.”
“Staggering pre-season presents a challenge. I’m guessing that the World Cup guys will be pretty fit anyway. You don’t lose a lot in three weeks and they’ve all been in contact with us to speak about their programme over that period.”