Blow for Liverpool as Spain forward, Fernando Torres is out for three weeks with his third hamstring injury of the season.

The striker played the whole of Liverpool’s Euro win over Marseille on Wednesday but felt a tightening in his right leg. Torres, 24, spent yesterday being assessed by the medical staff and a scan late in the afternoon revealed a slight strain. Liverpool were at pains to insist it is not the same injury which forced him to miss six matches.

A club spokesman said: “It is the same leg as before but in a different area and not a recurrence. He will be out for two to three weeks.”
Even so, it is a huge blow to Rafa Benitez’s title chasers and leaves him facing a battle to make the December 21 trip to Arsenal. Torres is likely to miss Monday’s game against West Ham as well as the trip to Blackburn and the Champions League clash at PSV which will decide who finishes on top of Group D. The hitman was injured in a showdown with Aston Villa at the end of August and suffered another hamstring problem while on international duty last month.

The absence of Torres will put more responsibility on Robbie Keane, who has yet to produce anything like his best form since his £20.3million summer move from Tottenham Hotspur.

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