Liverpool striker Fernando Torres could be fit for the start of the Barclays Premier League season, the club have revealed.
Scans have indicated the Spain international suffered only a small adductor tear playing for his country in Sunday's World Cup final.
The club are now hopeful the 26-year-old could be back in action in around three weeks, in time for their opening league fixture against Arsenal on August 15.
The club's head of sports science and medicine Peter Brukner told the club's website, www.liverpoolfc.tv: "The initial assessment was he had a mild adductor tear and the Spanish medial staff didn't consider it to be too serious at the time.
"He had an MRI scan which confirmed a small tear. He should be able to resume training within two to three weeks and be able to play again within three to four weeks."