Chelsea have confirmed that Fernando Torres should be back in action within three weeks after the knee injury suffered in Romania. Torres limped off in the opening minutes of Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday but scans have confirmed there was not serious damage to the ligaments in his left knee.

He will certainly miss Sunday’s trip to Norwich, for which he was already banned because of a red card at Tottenham. And won’t be available for Spain’s World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia but Chelsea are hopeful they will have Torres back in contention for a return to the team before the end of the month.

The £50million record signing has looked in decent form recently, although he was fortunate to escape
an FA charge for scratching Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in the face on Saturday, which could have ruled him out for three games.

If his recovery from this knee injury goes to plan, he could target a return in the next Champions League game, against Schalke on October 22, or at home to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League five days later.

‘I hope he gets well soon for me, for him and for the team because I think he is going to be a very important player for us,’ said team-mate Juan Mata. ‘He played really well against
Tottenham and started against Steaua. He was so unlucky.’

In his absence, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba will compete for inclusion at Carrow Road and Chelsea await the first goal of the season from any of their three centre-forwards.

‘Goals will come from the strikers for sure, added Mata. ‘We are talking about Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Torres. They have always scored goals. They will do so for Chelsea as well.’


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