Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho: Fernando Torres injury is a pity

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Fernando Torres doesn't appear to have suffered a "big injury"

Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres scored 22 goals for Chelsea last season Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea striker Fernando Torres hasn’t suffered a “big injury” at Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Spain international was substituted in the tenth minute of Chelsea’s 4-0 victory in Champions League group-stage clash in Romania after picking up a knee injury.

Torres, 29, has been in good form in recent weeks as he particularly impressed in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur despite a late red card at White Hart Lane.

Blues midfielder Marco van Ginkel has already been ruled out for the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament, but Mourinho hopes Torres will be fit after next week’s international break.

“The bad news is the injury,” Mourinho said. “It’s a pity for the guy because, physically, he was in a very good moment.

“He played fantastically against Tottenham and deserved to start this game. So it’s a pity but that’s football.”

“The doctor is very confident it is not a big injury like we had with Marco van Ginkel but it’s something with his knee, his ligaments and we have to wait for the scans.

“Fernando knows that he doesn’t play against Norwich on Sunday and will not go to join the (Spanish) national team.”

He added: “He knows that he has 15 days until the next match he can play, against Cardiff.

“If the injury is for 15 days I think he’ll be fine.”

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