Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Fernando Torres returns to give Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson some respite

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has been declared fit to face Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard sustained an adductor strain early in the 2-1 home defeat to Blackpool on October 3 and was considered a doubt for what has become an increasingly significant match.

However, manager Roy Hodgson has been boosted by the return of the 26-year-old, as well as left-back Paul Konchesky after a hamstring injury.

Dirk Kuyt will, however, be out for three to four weeks with an ankle problem sustained on international duty.

“Konchesky has made a good recovery as has Fernando Torres so all being well we can welcome those two back,” said Hodgson.

“Fernando's season needs to kick-start, he's been hampered a bit by injuries and what happened at the World Cup.

“We see a livelier and a better Fernando every day. It was really unfortunate he got that injury against Blackpool, but luckily it came in the international break so he won't miss any more league games.”

Even though Kuyt will be absent on Sunday his injury news is better than expected after reports suggested the 30-year-old could be out until the new year.

“The initial rumours coming out of Holland were that it was going to be a really long injury, maybe months, but our sports science people are much more optimistic,” said Hodgson.

“They think it is more likely to be just the one month out.”

Kuyt has a record for quick recovery, having come back at least a week early from a shoulder injury also sustained while on international duty to play against Sunderland last month and Hodgson is hopeful he won’t be out for too long.

“He does recover very quickly and the thing about Dirk is that he is always anxious to get back on the football field,” added Hodgson.

“If it can done in three weeks it will be three. If it can be two he'll do it in two — but we are looking at a lay-off.”

Hodgson could also welcome Fabio Aurelio — who has not played since August 26 — back into his squad after his recovery from an Achilles tendon problem, but Daniel Agger remains a doubt after sustaining a back injury playing for Denmark.

“Aurelio has made a good recovery and could be considered at the weekend,” said Hodgson.

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