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Torres out of Lyon clash

Fernando Torres has been ruled out of Liverpool's Champions League group match against Lyon on Tuesday. But club captain Steven Gerrard has been passed fit for the match here at Anfield where Liverpool must avoid defeat to maintain realistic hopes of a last 16 spot.

sports Updated: Oct 19, 2009 20:43 IST

Fernando Torres has been ruled out of Liverpool's Champions League group match against Lyon on Tuesday.

But club captain Steven Gerrard has been passed fit for the match here at Anfield where Liverpool must avoid defeat to maintain realistic hopes of a last 16 spot.

Torres missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland with a groin injury, a loss that threatened to derail Liverpool's Premier League title ambtiions, and did not train on Monday at the Merseysiders' Melwood complex.

Gerrard, who also missed the Sunderland reverse, did train and will be back in midfield against Lyon.

"Gerrard is now fine, he has trained normally today and will play against Lyon," said manager Rafael Benitez.

"But Fernando is not close enough to fitness to be considered. He will miss this one but I hope he will be OK to play against Manchester United next weekend."