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Benitez hopeful on injured trio

17 Nov 2009 - 16:01:06

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez hopes to have Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson available for this weekend's vital Premier League clash with Manchester City but is unlikely to be able to call on Fernando Torres' services.

Steven Gerrard had earlier said he was confident of shaking off his troublesome groin injury in time to face Mark Hughes' side but Benitez hopes there could be even more good news for the beleaguered club.

He told the Reds' official website: "Agger is okay. He had a small problem with his back but he's training. It was a very good decision from Denmark's manager to withdraw Agger because he is much better now. I think he'll be okay for the weekend.

"Johnson has been training. Not full sessions, but training, so hopefully he'll be okay for the weekend too.

"Gerrard is doing well. He finished a full training session today, so if he can carry on then he'll be okay as well.

"Fernando Torres is training with the physios, so I don't think he'll be available.

"I was talking about Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera being out for four weeks but they are working hard with the physios and doing special treatments. We have to check but maybe they'll be back earlier than expected.

"Fabio Aurelio is improving but he still has a little bit of a problem with his calf. It will be difficult for him to play against Man City."


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