Chelsea FC striker Fernando Torres was in line to start against Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend because he had been rested due to not playing in the international break. It was Samuel Eto’o that ended up getting the start because Torres suffered an injury in the warmup and had to be pulled from the starting lineup. The injury is nothing all too serious and was likely a groin pull or strain so the Spanish striker will be unavailable for two to three weeks at the most.
Mourinho on Fernando Torres’s pre-match injury:
It was muscular, a big surprise because he didn’t go to the national team, he stayed with us and had his rest and training. Sometimes these things happen. In the warm-up he felt something in his groin, with muscles even with a little thing you are out for a couple of weeks. We lost him but the other two scored goals today, that’s the reason we want to have three strikers in the squad. For strikers, a goal is always a vitamin.
Eto’o ended up scoring for the winning goal and opener for Chelsea when he pounced on a poor back pass from Jan Vertonghen. Demba Ba also showcased his predatory instinct when he scored two goals in as many minutes due to defensive errors by Sandro and Kyle Walker. Both strikers did what Torres could not do against Fulham and capitalize on errors by the opposition keeper or defender. Torres will miss the Galatasaray match, the Aston Villa match on the weekend, and likely the Arsenal match as well. Luckily Mourinho has two strikers who seem to be in solid form and the added option of deploying Andre Schurrle as a striker.
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