Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is confident that Fernando Torres can shake off his persistent injury worries and return to full fitness this season.
Spain striker Torres could be fit for Sunday's Premier League opener against Arsenal after recovering from an adductor injury sustained in the World Cup final, but Hodgson is wary of bringing the former Atletico Madrid man back too soon.
"Fernando has made a remarkable effort to get himself fit and ready for
Premier League football and he has a chance," said the Reds boss.
"He has worked extremely hard in the two and a half weeks he has been back so I certainly don't rule him out.
"His chances were being played down by the sports science people who said in an ideal world he would have a longer preparation period.
"They are rightly concerned if he plays too early he could have a recurrence
of a knee problem which could keep him out for longer so it is quite simply a
Hodgson is also hopeful of completing the signing of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones before the end of the transfer window.
The former Fulham boss had a £2million bid turned down last week, but Hodgson is still optimistic of signing Jones when board members return to Anfield next week.
"I haven't spoken to (managing director) Christian Purslow because he is
in London with the rest of the board but I'm hoping that transfer will take
place and the sooner the better," said the 62-year-old.