Torres uncertain for opening clash
Striker Fernando Torres is ‘uncertain’ for Spain’s World Cup opener against Switzerland after undergoing knee surgery, Liverpool’s medical department said on Tuesday.
Torres suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during the Europa League match against Benfica last month, ruling him out of Liverpool’s run-in and the club said his rehabilitation could not be rushed.
I am hungry again, says France’s Benzema
PARIS: Karim Benzema has regained his motivation and is ready to help France’s challenge at the World Cup, the Real Madrid forward said on Tuesday.
Last September, the former Olympique Lyon striker said he was not motivated to give his best when brought on as a substitute with 20 minutes to go in a World Cup qualifier against Romania. “I want to do everything I can for the French team,” Benzema told French sports daily L’Equipe.
Lippi’s lips sealed over Cup return for Totti
Rome: Impatient Italy fans must bide their time to find out if Francesco Totti will make a comeback, coach Marcello Lippi said on Tuesday.
The Roma captain and striker, 33, retired from international football after Italy’s 2006 World Cup triumph but has recently left the door open to a return if he is fully fit. “Totti? Wait until May 11, when we need to send the list of 30 players to FIFA. You will see,” Lippi said.
Germany keeper Adler, Rolfes out
Berlin: Germany’s World Cup preparations suffered a double blow on Tuesday when first-choice goalkeeper Rene Adler and midfielder Simon Rolfes were ruled out of the tournament through injury.
The 25-year-old Adler will undergo rib surgery and Rolfes has failed to recover from a knee injury.