Ferran Torres scores for Spain. Credit: Getty.
Ferran Torres is a doubt for Spain’s Nations League final on Sunday, and Manchester City’s next Premier League game, when the champions host Burnley on Saturday 16 October.
That’s because the striker was replaced in the 49th minute of Spain’s semi-final win over Italy on Wednesday with a knock.
The 21-year-old had a telling contribution on the game and manager Luis Enrique will be hopeful he can call upon his services for this weekend’s huge clash in Milan.
What’s been said?
After the game, the Spain boss gave an update on Torres’s fitness and said: “I’m not sure how Ferran will be. He had a knock in the first half and another in the second half so we decided to take no risks.”
As for Torres, the City youngster seemed to imply he will be fit in time for Sunday’s showpiece final.
“We knew it was a special match, we fell in the semi-finals of the European Championship and what better way to beat them at home in another semi-final,” said Torres, according to Marca, as per the Independent.
“I am happy for the team. I believe that perseverance and training make the results arrive. I had a few minor annoyances [with the injury] but I’m already thinking about the final.”
How did Torres get on?
It was indeed a grudge match for Spain on Wednesday, against the side that dumped them out of Euro 2020 and went on to ultimately win the competition.
Torres played a pivotal role in the semi-final and netted both of Spain’s goals in the first period. The two strikes came from Mikel Oyarzabal crosses, the first of which the City star caressed into the bottom corner with the inside of his foot, while he nodded in the second just before the half-time interval.
Remarkably, that means Torres has scored 12 international goals from 21 caps, all of which have come in competitive games.
City team-mate Aymeric Laporte also played in the game, while Rodri and David De Gea were unused substitutes.
Who will Spain play in the Nations League final?
The 2010 World Cup winners will learn their fate on Thursday, with Belgium and France competing in the other semi-final at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.
That means the four-man Manchester contingent could face City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, or Manchester United pals Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in the San Siro final on Sunday (7:45pm kick-off).
The loser in Belgium v France will face Italy in the third-place play-off, which also takes place on Sunday (2pm kick-off).