The club´s record signing was withdrawn at half-time in Sunday´s 1-1 draw against Arsenal - on his return after missing two matches with an adductor injury - and it was anticipated he would be out for a further three weeks. However, Benitez believes the Spain international may return sooner.
"It is the same problem as before with Fernando. Hopefully he can be fit in two weeks," said the manager.
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