Fernando Torres pulled up sore after Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Olympique Marseille in November, there was just a hint of panic in the club’s reaction.
This is the third time in the space of three months that the Spanish superstar had been laid up with a hamstring injury: the first came against Aston Villa in August; the second, on duty with la Furia Roja in October.
Rafael Benitez declared that Torres would not return to action until the problem was properly diagnosed and corrected. But the former Atletico Madrid captain has insisted he won’t be the next Harry Kewell or Michael Owen, putting his injury troubles down to misfortune more than anything else.
“When you come back from injury, the first week is always a risky time. I was just unlucky and ended up spending more time out,” The Sun quoted Torres as saying.
“In theory we did everything right the first time round and followed the treatment schedule required in order for me to return. But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you want them to.”