Rafa hopeful Torres won’t need surgery

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he and his team of medical staff will continue to watch Fernando Torres’ injury situation carefully and hopes the striker will not need to undergo surgery.

Torres has been struggling with a hernia since returning from international duty with Spain last month and reports this morning suggested he could face surgery if the problem persists.

But ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Champions League clash at Lyon, Benitez says he hopes to have Torres available to play and will use the next few weeks to strategically rest Liverpool’s number nine.

He told press, “We know Fernando has a problem, and we have to manage it.

“The positive thing is that he is improving, and he is in less pain each time he plays and trains.

“Hopefully if we can continue doing well with him, he will not need an operation – that is our idea.

“Now it is a question of how he feels and what will happen if he plays.

“I talk to the players after every training session and every game. After United, he needed four days to be ready again. After Fulham, he told me he was much better but still feeling something.

“Yesterday he was better still and hopefully tomorrow he will be even better.”

Lyon vs Liverpool gets underway at 7.45pm tomorrow night.