Liverpool’s Fernando Torres fit for Merseyside derby

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has received a timely boost following confirmation that Fernando Torres will be fit for Sunday's Merseyside derby.

The Spain striker was a major doubt for the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton after limping out of the 2-1 defeat to Blackpool before the international break with a groin muscle problem.

However, after returning to training on Wednesday, Torres has been passed fit for a massive local derby which two struggling clubs are both desperate to win.

The two Merseyside rivals are locked together on six points but languishing down in the bottom half of the table following disappointing starts to the season.

Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt misses out for the Reds with the ankle problem he picked up on international duty in midweek, but full-back Paul Konchesky has been given the green light to play.

"Konchesky has made a good recovery as has Fernando Torres so all being well we can welcome those two back. We get two good ones back, but lose a good one in Kuyt," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"Fernando's season needs to kick-start. He's been hampered a bit by injuries and what happened at the World Cup.

"We see a livelier and a better Fernando every day. It was really unfortunate he got that injury against Blackpool but luckily it came in the international break so he won't miss any more league games for us."

Elsewhere, full-back Fabio Aurelio could return from an Achilles problem but centre-half Daniel Agger is likely to miss out after suffering a recurrence of a groin injury.

"Aurelio has made a good recovery and could be considered at the weekend," added Hodgson.

"He's been out for so long it would be unlikely I would use him, but medically speaking he is physically fit to be selected.

"Agger missed two weeks with the injury he picked up after Sunderland but recovered in order to go and play for Denmark where he got injured again.

"I don't know what the state of play is with him yet."

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