LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 4 November 2009 39 OFGIBBRALTAR BREAKING NEWS... Thompsonset foremotional Englandreturn STEVE THOMPSON will complete a remarkable international comeback when he starts for England against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. The World Cup-winning hooker last started a Test match in the 2006 Six Nations before being forced to quit the game with a serious neck injury. But Thompson could not accept a life on the sidelines and after seeking a second opinion he paid back a 500,000 insurance cheque and returned to action with Brive. Thompson (above) returned to the international fold for the summer series against Argentina, earning his 48th cap as a last minute sub in the first Test win at Old Trafford. But Dylan Hartleys hamstring problems over the last week opened the door for Thompson to return to the England starting XV. England will feature Thompson and Jonny Wilkinson in the same team for the first time since the 2003 World Cup final. TONIGHTS FIXTURES (7.45pm kick-offs unless stated) UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Group E Fiorentina v Debrecen (SSi), Lyon v Liverpool (ITV1), Group F Dynamo Kiev v Inter Milan (SSi), Rubin Kazan v Barcelona (5.30, SSi) Group G Sevilla v VfB Stuttgart (SSi), Unirea Urziceni v Rangers (SS Xtra), Group H ARSENAL v AZ (SS2), Standard Liege v Olympiacos (SSi) PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham v Aston Villa CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP H. LIVE, SS2 FROM 7.30PM (KO: 7.45PM) LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Arsenal 2-11, AZ Alkmaar 16-1, Draw 6-1. FIRST GOALSCORER Van Persie 3-1, Eduardo 4-1, Arshavin 5-1, Nasri 8-1, Diaby 14-1, Lens 14-1, Ramsey 14-1, Ari 16-1, Gallas 16-1, Vermaelen 16-1, Wernbloom 20-1, Gibbs 25-1. Liverpool are re-Lyon on Torres to save them GROUP E P W D L F A PTS LYON 3 3 0 0 7 1 9 FIORENTINA 3 2 0 1 6 4 6 LIVERPOOL 3 1 0 2 2 4 3 DEBRECEN 3 0 0 3 3 9 0 LYON V LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, 7.45PM (ITV2) Heres one I did hernia: Rafa Benitez is putting his faith in the injured Fernando Torres BY GEOFF TEATHER FERNANDO TORRES will carry the hopes of Liverpool on his shoulders tonight, with boss Rafael Benitez praying his gamble to play the injured striker pays off. Liverpool face group E leaders Lyon in the Stade Gerland knowing that only a victory will keep alive any realistic hopes of staying in the Champions League this season. Liverpool are without Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio, Albert Riera and Glen Johnson. Torres, despite struggling with a hernia problem, will start the match and so too could Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani. Centre-back Daniel Agger will face a late test on a back injury, and Liverpool could well have teenage full-back Stephen Darby in the side. Benitez says: Fernando is improving, we do not want him to have an operation so we are managing his fitness carefully. But he is getting better. He had some pain after he played, and scored, against Manchester United. But he was better after the Fulham game at the weekend, although he could still feel something wrong. I hope that he will be even better for this match. I said recently that 80 per cent of Fernando can win matches, I hope that is the case again. But it is his own position as Liverpool boss that Benitez knows will come under further tough scrutiny if his walking wounded do lose to Lyon for the second time in a matter of weeks. He says: The players are working very hard, they are positive and determined. They know this result is important for the club, for everyone. One man the Reds also miss is former star Xabi Alonso following his departure to Real Madrid in the summer. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits it was a big loss. Xabi said a long time ago that he wanted another chapter in his career and finally he got it and his team-mates and the coaches couldnt stand in his way. We just have to say thanks and move forward without him. Liverpools manpower crisis was not eased today when they lost their appeal over full-back Philipp Degens red card in Saturdays defeat at Fulham. NO BIG HITS JONNY: PAGE 36 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html