CHESTER, PA (Sporting Alert) — Fernando Torres is back in training with Chelsea, but the Spanish international isn’t expected to play against the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday night at PPL Park.
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The Barclays Premier League side is busy with its preparation for the coming season and will step things up as the best of the American MLS, but Torres isn’t quite ready as yet after only recently returning from the Euro 2012 tournament.
The MLS All-Stars will feature the likes of LA Galaxy stars Landon Donovan and David Beckham, as well as former Arsenal and French striker Thierry Henry, who now plays for the New York Red Bulls.
And Speaking of French stars, Florent Malouda is relishing the opportunity to face-off with his fellow countryman Henry on U.S. soil.
“Even before he came we knew he really liked New York in particular, so it was not a surprise when he moved across the Atlantic to play for the Red Bulls,’ said Malouda.
“Since then he looks happy with his new life and lifestyle in the city. I have seen him a couple of times when he came back and was training with Arsenal, and when we played against Barcelona I went to visit Eric Abidal in hospital and Thierry was there too, so we are still in contact and he is very, very happy.
“I don’t think he went there too soon in his career, he had won everything possible in Europe. With Arsenal he is a legend, with the French team he won the World Cup and Euros and is the top scorer of all time.”
Summer signing Eden Hazard and Marko Marin have been very impressive so far in preseason and fans are hoping for some of the same when they tackle the All-Stars.