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Torres faces three-week lay-off

Fernando Torres
Torres had to be substituted in the first-half at Aston Villa

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is expected to be out for two to three weeks with a hamstring tear.

Torres, 24, limped off against Aston Villa on Sunday and has withdrawn from Spain's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Armenia.

He is a major doubt for Liverpool's Premier League home match against Manchester United on 13 September.

But Liverpool's game against Marseille in the Champions League three days later is a more realistic target.

"A scan this afternoon has confirmed a hamstring tear in Fernando's right leg," said a club spokesman.

"He is expected to be out for between two and three weeks."

Torres was a revelation in his first year at Liverpool last season, scoring 33 goals after signing from Atletico Madrid for 26.5m.

The Euro 2008 winner has already made a significant contribution this term, scoring the winner in Liverpool's 1-0 victory at Sunderland.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is also injured at present, though manager Rafa Benitez is optimistic both players will not be out for too long.

"That should be the same as Gerrard. Of course it hurts us to lose a player of Torres quality, but we have to wait," he said, prior to Monday's announcement.

see also
Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool
31 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
16 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Torres - the making of a legend
30 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Euro 2008 final as it happened
29 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008
Hicks laughs off Torres sale talk
17 Jun 08 |  Liverpool
Liverpool issue warning on Torres
13 Jun 08 |  Liverpool
Why Torres is Anfield's new hero
01 Apr 08 |  Liverpool
Benitez demands Torres protection
28 Sep 07 |  Liverpool

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