Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will reportedly ask Spanish national team coach Vicente del Bosque not to strain his star striker Fernando Torres in La Roja's upcoming international friendly against France, according to Marca.
The match, which is set to take place on March 3rd, comes on the heels of Torres competing in just two matches with his club team, Liverpool's Europa League tie against Unirea Urziceni and a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers.
Having spent six weeks out with an injury that saw Torres undergo an operation on January 16 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Benitez will ask Del Bosque not to force his striker into playing so that the player is allowed to slowly regain his form and avoid falling back into injury.
Benitez reportedly has a good relationship with Del Bosque since their days together at Real Madrid in the early 1990s (Benitez was Los Blancos' reserve team coach while Del Bosque managed the first team). Torres currently ranks third in the Castrol Rankings, a ranking system that assesses players according to rigorous statistical analysis.