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Is a Premier League return in the works for Fernando Torres?

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Fernando Torres is struggling to find time with Atletico Madrid as of late, and the former World Cup winner could turn towards the Premier League to make a final push in his career.

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The Mirror is reporting that the Atletico Madrid forward has made it known to his representatives that he would be interested in moving back to England this winter on a loan deal, after starting just two matches this season.

Newcastle and Southampton are seen as two destinations for Torres, who turned 33 back in March.

Torres is under contract until the summer of 2019, but he is hoping that Atleti will let him get the opportunity to go out on loan for the remainder of the season.

It’s been reported that Torres wants to see out the rest of his contract with Atleti before retiring upon its expiration in 18 months.

With Diego Costa set to enter the Madrid fold in January, Torres will conceivably fall further in the club’s pecking order, making it even more challenging to see the pitch.

The ex-Spanish international previously spent time in England with top PL sides Chelsea and Liverpool before making his return to La Liga.

La Liga wrap: Bilbao, Villarreal rise; Atleti wins fifth-straight

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Three La Liga matches served as an appetizer for Wednesday’s tasty Barcelona-Sevilla encounter, with the Madrid Derby on tap for Saturday at the Bernabeu.

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Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Espanyol

Aritz Aduriz may play until he’s 50. The 36-year-old Spaniard added his 11th and 12th goals of the season on Tuesday, giving him goals in three-straight matches. Bilbao goes sixth with the win thanks to Real Sociedad’s loss.

Real Betis 0-1 Villarreal

Villarreal also took advantage of Sociedad’s loss, getting a first goal of the season from Adrian to move fifth

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Sociedad

Atleti is flying ahead of the weekend’s Madrid Derby, now winners of five-straight after this goal from Filipe Luis to Fernando Torres and back to Luis.

Wednesday’s games

Barcelona vs. Sevilla — 1:30 p.m. EDT
Alaves vs. Osasuna — 2:30 p.m. EDT
Deportivo de la Coruna vs. Granada — 2:30 p.m. EDT
Sporting de Gijon vs. Malaga – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Leganes vs. Real Madrid — 3:30 p.m. EDT

Standings

 

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Real Madrid 28 21 5 2 74 28 46 12-3-0 9-2-2 68
 Barcelona 29 20 6 3 85 26 59 10-3-1 10-3-2 66
 Atlético Madrid 30 18 7 5 55 23 32 11-2-2 7-5-3 61
 Sevilla 29 17 7 5 52 34 18 10-3-1 7-4-4 58
 Villarreal 30 14 9 7 42 23 19 8-3-4 6-6-3 51
 Athletic 30 15 5 10 39 33 6 11-3-2 4-2-8 50
 Real Sociedad 30 15 4 11 43 41 2 7-4-4 8-0-7 49
 Eibar 29 12 8 9 47 41 6 8-3-4 4-5-5 44
 Espanyol 30 11 10 9 42 42 0 7-5-3 4-5-6 43
 Celta Vigo 28 12 5 11 43 46 -3 9-1-4 3-4-7 41
 Alavés 29 10 10 9 29 36 -7 4-7-3 6-3-6 40
 Las Palmas 29 9 8 12 45 48 -3 8-5-2 1-3-10 35
 Valencia 29 9 6 14 41 51 -10 6-3-5 3-3-9 33
 Betis 30 8 7 15 32 47 -15 5-6-5 3-1-10 31
 Málaga 29 6 9 14 33 47 -14 6-2-6 0-7-8 27
 Deportivo 29 6 9 14 31 46 -15 5-4-5 1-5-9 27
 Leganes 29 6 9 14 23 42 -19 3-5-6 3-4-8 27
 Sporting de Gijón 29 5 7 17 31 57 -26 4-2-8 1-5-9 22
 Granada 29 4 7 18 26 62 -36 4-4-6 0-3-12 19
 Osasuna 29 1 8 20 29 69 -40 0-5-10 1-3-10 11

Atleti’s Torres released from hospital following head injury

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Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has been released from the hospital following Thursday’s scary incident against Deportivo de la Coruna.

Torres was knocked cold by a head-to-head challenge that finished with his head bouncing off the turf. Teammates and opponents rushed to his side to make sure he didn’t swallow his tongue, and he was stretchered off the field into an ambulance.

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Atleti said that a cat scan showed no serious damage. Torres has been prescribed 48 hours rest.

“Thank you all for worrying about me and for your messages of support,” Torres said on Atletico Madrid’s web site. “It’s just been a scare. I hope to come back very soon!”

Good news on the back of a very troubling incident at Estadio Riazor.

Torres needs ambulance after head injury, Griezmann scores stunner (video)

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Fernando Torres was stretchered into an ambulance after suffering a head injury in Thursday’s La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruna.

The Atleti striker knocked heads during a 50-50 challenge in the 86th minute and appeared to be in trouble even before his head slammed off the turf.

His teammates were shaken, though some quickly leapt into action and grabbed the player’s tongue. Torres was led off the field after some delay.

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The 32-year-old striker has seven goals and three assists across all competitions for Atleti.

A 65th minute sub, Torres saw Antoine Griezmann grab an equalizer for Atleti and it was quite a goal. Griezmann gives and receives the ball thrice before lashing a long left-footer into the Deportivo goal.

The side climbs above Real Sociedad into fourth place with the draw.

UCL: Atletico Madrid blitz Bayer for 4 away goals, win 1st leg 4-2

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  • Four away goals for Atleti
  • Niguez, Griezmann, Gamerio, Torres on the scoresheet
  • Bellarabi, Savic (OG) give Bayer a lifeline

If you spent your Tuesday glued to Manchester City’s thrilling 5-3 victory over Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, you may now direct your attention to the day’s other first-leg festival of goals: Bayer Leverkusen 2, Atletico Madrid 4.

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Saul Niguez opened the scoring with a stunning curler after 17 minutes (WATCH HERE), and Antoine Griezmann doubled Los Rojiblancos‘ advantage eight minutes later to put Diego Simeone’s side in a commanding position with two early away goals.

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Karim Bellarabi pulled one back for Bayer just three minutes into the second half, but Kevin Gamerio converted from the penalty spot to restore Atleti’s two-goal lead just before the hour mark. Stefan Savic gave one back to Bayer in the form of an owl goal in the 68th minute, before Fernando Torres brought the visitors’ away-goals haul to four in the 86th minute.