Torres in Spain squad despite injury

Fernando Torres has been named in Spain’s squad for their friendly against Chile on Wednesday, despite having only just returned from the hamstring injury he suffered on international duty last month.

The Liverpool forward hasn’t started a league game since picking up the injury on October 15th in Spain’s win over Belgium.

He limped off after just 23 minutes of the match and was initially expected to be out for two weeks and miss three matches. He missed seven matches, including the trip to Stamford Bridge, before returning in the League Cup against Spurs in midweek when he clearly wasn’t fully fit and managed less than an hour.

El Nino impressed as a sub against Bolton on Saturday but a pointless international friendly is hardly what Rafa Benitez would be hoping for just as the Reds gather momentum in the league and have a busy fixture schedule ahead with Fulham at home on Saturday and Marseille on Wednesday where they will be looking to secure qualification from their Champions League group.

Also included in Vicente Del Bosque’s squad are goalkeeper Pepe Reina, full back Alvaro Arbeloa and midfielder Xabi Alonso.

England travel to Germany with Steven Gerrard set to be named in Capello’s squad on Saturday night.

New Argentina captain Javier Mascherano will thankfully only have to travel a few hours north as the Argies face Scotland.

Full back Andrea Dossena, despite his form for Liverpool, is likely to be in Italy’s squad for their match in Greece.

Daniel Agger’s Denmark host Wales, while Yossi Benayoun’s Isreal host Ivory Coast.