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Europa League: Gerrard, Torres to miss Liverpool's Turkish trip

August 26, 2010 09:09 IST
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steven gerrardLiverpool will be without key duo Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres for Thursday's Europa League playoff second leg away to Trabzonspor.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, whose side take a 1-0 first leg lead to Turkey, will not risk playing Spain striker Torres in a third successive match given his recent injury problems, while captain Gerrard has a back problem.

"Steven Gerrard unfortunately has had a recurrence of the back problem which he gets from time to time. Hopefully it won't stop him playing on Sunday (against West Bromwich Albion)," Hodgson told the club website (

Hodgson will also be without defender Daniel Agger, who suffered a concussion in the Premier League game against Arsenal earlier this month, and attacking midfielder Maxi Rodriguez, who is struggling with gastroenteritis.

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