Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has played down speculation that Fernando Torres could make his return to action against Manchester City next weekend.

Widespread reports on Friday suggested Torres could make a sooner than expected return against City in their crucial clash at Eastlands next Sunday.

Torres has been out of action since picking up a knee injury in the FA Cup defeat to Reading with the Spaniard expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The 25-year-old is making good progress in his recovery but Benitez insists any claims he could feature at Manchester City a week on Sunday are premature.

„I think it will be too early,” Benitez told the club’s official website. „He is training with the physios and the fitness coach, but he’s still not involved with the team.

Benitez is also sweating on the fitness of defender Jamie Carragher for the trip to UEFA Champions League rivals City.

Carragher sustained a groin injury in the midweek defeat to Arsenal and although Benitez does not expect the defender to be fit for the Europa League meeting with Unirea Urziceni he is hopeful he will be available for the showdown with City.

„I am not sure if he will be available for Thursday against Unirea, but maybe he will have a chance against City,” added Benitez.

Liverpool and Everton are both improving and Paul Merson can’t separate them on derby day.

Ian Snodin told Sky Sports News that Everton needn’t fear going to Anfield on Saturday.

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Rafa Benitez has played down speculation that Fernando Torres could make his return to action against Man City.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has revealed his frustration at being forced to sit on the sidelines through injury.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has stated that a deal to sign Milan Jovanovic has yet to be finalised.

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Rafa cools Torres return talk

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has played down speculation that Fernando Torres could make his return to action against Manchester City next weekend.

Widespread reports on Friday suggested Torres could make a sooner than expected return against City in their crucial clash at Eastlands next Sunday.

Torres has been out of action since picking up a knee injury in the FA Cup defeat to Reading with the Spaniard expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The 25-year-old is making good progress in his recovery but Benitez insists any claims he could feature at Manchester City a week on Sunday are premature.

„I think it will be too early,” Benitez told the club’s official website. „He is training with the physios and the fitness coach, but he’s still not involved with the team.

Benitez is also sweating on the fitness of defender Jamie Carragher for the trip to UEFA Champions League rivals City.

Carragher sustained a groin injury in the midweek defeat to Arsenal and although Benitez does not expect the defender to be fit for the Europa League meeting with Unirea Urziceni he is hopeful he will be available for the showdown with City.

„I am not sure if he will be available for Thursday against Unirea, but maybe he will have a chance against City,” added Benitez.

Liverpool and Everton are both improving and Paul Merson can’t separate them on derby day.

Ian Snodin told Sky Sports News that Everton needn’t fear going to Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Wolves in 2004. Can you name the mystery starting XI?

Rafa Benitez has played down speculation that Fernando Torres could make his return to action against Man City.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has revealed his frustration at being forced to sit on the sidelines through injury.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has stated that a deal to sign Milan Jovanovic has yet to be finalised.

Mohamed Sissoko has admitted that he would love Rafa Benitez to become manager at Juventus.

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool have demonstrated that they have the ability to defeat Man City.

Read the article on Sky Sports

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