Spain shrug off new Torres injury worry
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 09:44
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 Rodriguez.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 09:44

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