Torres close to Reds return
Fernando Torres and Harry Kewell could be in line for a return to Liverpool's starting XI against Newcastle.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 20/11/07 2:44pm
Fernando Torres and Harry Kewell could be in line for a return to Liverpool's starting XI in Saturday's Premier League clash with Newcastle.
Star striker Torres has been sidelined since damaging an adductor muscle while playing in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in October.
However, the Spaniard has remained at Liverpool's Melwood training base throughout the international break to work on his match fitness
And Torres, who made a scoring substitute's return in Liverpool's recent 2-0 win over Fulham, is thought to be close to making his first start in almost a month for the Reds when they travel to St James' Park for a game which is live on Sky Sports 1.
Kewell is also in contention following a series of impressive substitute displays over recent weeks.
The Australian midfielder has yet to start a club match this season as he recovers from injury, but Kewell successfully came through 90 minutes for his country against Nigeria at the weekend and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez admits he is close to earning a recall.
"It was good to see Harry get 90 minutes," Benitez told Liverpool's official website.
"I was talking with him and he said it wasn't a high tempo game so he was able to get through it.
"Physically he probably still needs to improve his pace and stamina but he is getting there.
"When you talk about Harry then you talk about a player of quality and ability who can make a big difference to our team.
"He can give different things to us, especially against teams who play deep and compact."