Pretoria: Spain striker Fernando Torres was
replaced after 60 minutes of the 2-1 World Cup win over Chile,
but the European champions insisted that the Liverpool star
had not suffered a recurrence of his knee injury.
The 26-year-old was the victim of a pair of crunching
first-half fouls, most notably in the 37th minute when he was
clipped on the heel by midfielder Marco Estrada and fell hard
to the ground in the build-up to the second goal last night.
The Chilean was red-carded by Mexican referee Marco
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said he replaced Torres as
a precaution after the English Premier League star felt a
twinge at half-time.
"He felt a spot of muscular bother, nothing to do with
his knee injury," del Bosque said.
Torres`s fitness was under the microscope before the
World Cup following a second operation in three months to
repair damage in his right knee.
He has yet to score at the World Cup although David
Villa`s three goals have helped Spain into the last 16 where
they face Portugal in Cape Town on Tuesday.