Jose Mourinho: Fernando Torres has been doing well for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho praises Fernando Torres' form as the Chelsea striker prepares to make his return from injury against Cardiff

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

Jose Mourinho has praised Fernando Torres’ form as the Chelsea striker prepares to make his return from injury against Cardiff on Saturday.

The Spanish forward has been out of action with a knee injury but is set to start Saturday’s clash against Malky Mackay’s men at Stamford Bridge.

And Mourinho insists he has been pleased with the 29-year-old’s form, despite the striker only having notched one goal in all competitions so far.

“He’s been doing well for this season,” said Mourinho. “Sure, he hasn’t scored in the Premier League but, for some matches, he has not even been on the bench.

“I’ve left him out, so he has not benefited from consecutive matches. But he played very well against Bayern [in the Uefa Super Cup] and was very proactive against Tottenham Hotspur, very dynamic, the best people had seen for quite a long time.

“The fact he recovered so well from his injury is not just down to the medical department but also his feeling. He had the same feeling playing that game against Tottenham as everyone did watching him. He wants to be back.

“He knows important matches are coming up and he wants to play a part in them, hopefully scoring one or two goals. Strikers base their confidence on scoring.”

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