Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is happy for crocked striker Fernando Torres to make his return to Atletico Madrid this week.

"It depends on the physios and the doctors, but I don't have any problem with him going because it will be a fantastic opportunity for him to say hello to the Atletico fans," Benitez told

"He is really disappointed that he won't be playing. He was desperate to play in Madrid in the Champions League, so it's a pity."

The prognosis of 10 to 15 days means Torres could miss four matches - Wigan (h), Atletico (a), Chelsea (a) and Portsmouth (h).

But Benitez added: "The Portsmouth game could be a realistic target but it always depends on the player with injuries. It's now a question of time."