By TRAVIS CLARK
When Fernando Torres pulled up lame in the World Cup final, it was certainly the last thing Roy Hodgson and Liverpool fans wanted to see.
And while Torres looked to enjoy Spain's World Cup celebration, news today wasn't good. Torres suffered a ruptured thigh muscle and won't be available for any of Liverpool's preseason preparations leaves him likely to miss out on the start of the English Premier League season. The Reds are scheduled to open against Arsenal at home on August 15.
The injury to the 26-year-old Spanish striker also throws into doubt rumors of a possible move to Chelsea. It was reported that the Blues have already offered £40 million for Torres' services.
Here are a few more stories for Wednesday:
ERIKSSON FAVORED FOR FULHAM
Former England and Ivory Coast manager is the current favorite for the vacant coaching position at Fulham FC. The Daily Mail reports that the Swede is currently the front runner to take over at Craven Cottage after failing to get out of the group stages with the Ivory Coast in South Africa.
Other rumored candidates include Bob Bradley and Switzerland Ottmar Hitzfeld, but as long as Eriksson can agree on financial terms, he looks set to take over at Fulham.
GUARDIOLA INKS EXTENSION
Two years and seven trophies were enough to keep manager Pep Guardiola at the Camp Nou for at least one more season. News from Spain this morning that Guardiola has signed on through one more season in charge of the Catalan club will keep Guardiola in charge until June 30, 2011.
His future had been up in the air after his current deal expired at the end of the 2009-10 season, and rumors had circulated that he could walk away from the club.
REAL MADRID CHASE COLE
A possible reunion between Ashley Cole and former manager Jose Mourinho could be in the works, with Real Madrid preparing to offer £30 million for the 29-year-old left back. Cole, who has come under fire in England after some critical post-World Cup comments made headlines, would likely welcome a chance to leave England and join up with Mourinho again at the Bernabeu. No firm offer has yet to be made for the World Cup veteran.
How will Torres' injury impact Liverpool? Will Eriksson head to Fulham? Glad to see Guardiola return?
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