Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is facing a race against time as he attempts to recover from a thigh strain in time for Saturday’s derby with Everton at Goodison Park.
Torres suffered the injury in training with Spain last Friday, and was initially expected to be out for eight to 10 days, but he remains determined to play in his first Merseyside derby.
“I intend to be fit for the Everton game on Saturday,” said Torres.
“I don’t want to miss out on the derby, because it is such an important game.”
Torres is now undergoing fitness work at the club’s Melwood training headquarters in a bid to prove his fitness.
“Fernando has been assessed by the club’s medical staff and underwent a scan which confirmed an adductor injury,” confirmed Liverpool’s spokesman Ian Cotton. “He will now undergo intensive treatment at Melwood.”