Liverpool's Torres could be out for rest of year

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Liverpool's attacking woes are set to continue as Fernando Torres appears almost certain to be out of action for the rest of the year, according to the Daily Mail.

The Spanish striker, who steered his country to victory in Euro 2008 during the summer, pulled up sore after last week's 1-0 Champions League over Olympique Marseille and was subsequently diagnosed with a recurrence of his reoccurring hamstring injury.

The 24-year-old had already suffered two similar setbacks since the start of the season. He was forced off the field against Aston Villa at the end of August, and lasted just 17 minutes in la Roja's World Cup qualifier against Belgium in October.

Torres jetted to his homeland this week to visit a specialist in Barcelona, and it seems highly unlikely that he will return to action within the next two weeks as was initially predicted.

It is a less than welcome development for the Merseysiders, who have lacked firepower in recent outings as Robbie Keane continues to struggle out-of-position due the lack of a ready-made replacement for El Nino.