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Spain forward Fernando Torres is almost all but certain to miss his Vicente Calderón homecoming next week after suffering an injury during the 1-2 win in Belgium in the World Cup qualifiers.

It would appear that Fernando Torres is just not meant to return to his old playground, the Vicente Calderón.

First, UEFA chose to shut down the venue for next Wednesday’s upcoming Champions League battle between Atlético Madrid and Liverpool. And while that decision was overturned in good sense, the player himself went and got injured during Spain’s 1-2 World Cup qualifying win over Belgium.

The 24 year old had to limp out of the pitch in tears after just 15 minutes when he sustained what looked like a hamstring pull in his left thigh while retrieving a high ball.

Óscar Celada, La Selección’s team doctor, was first to assessed the damage and he confirmed that El Niño will definitely be sidelined for at least ten days.

“He has intense pain in the lower part of his thigh. At this stage, it is difficult to diagnose the extent of the injury, or to know whether it is just a hamstring or if there is any muscle tear.

“If it is just a muscle pull, then he will be out for at least roughly one week,” the doctor offered.

Further tests will no doubt be carried out either in Spain or back at Liverpool to determine the degree of the injury.

KS Leong

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