Updates from Saturday, March 15
Torres is in the starting lineup on Saturday, according to ESPN FC:
Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Torres. Eto'o not in the 18. Lampard- bench— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 15, 2014
The Chelsea striker talked about his recovery, according the the Blues' official feed:
Updates from Friday, March 14
Fernando Torres is making rapid progress in his bid to return to full fitness, and may even feature at Aston Villa this weekend.
Chelsea's official Twitter account passed down the news from Jose Mourinho:
Updates from Thursday, March 13
Fernando Torres hopes to be fit for Chelsea's Champions League round of 16 second-leg clash with Galatasaray.
The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel writes:
Fernando Torres is ready to hand Chelsea a major fitness boost ahead of next week’s crucial Champions League clash against Galatasaray.
The striker sustained a groin injury in the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s 4-0 win over Tottenham.
He has received intensive treatment on the injury and is hopeful of recommencing training before the end of the week.
Fernando Torres was pulled from the lineup against Tottenham after injuring his groin in the pre-match warmup.
Sky Sports reported the change prior to the contest.
Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed the diagnosis after the match, according to Dan Levene of the Fulham Chronicle:
In all competitions, Chelsea have gotten just 11 goals from their three strikers, Torres (four), Samuel Eto'o (six) and Demba Ba (one). To put that in perspective, winger Eden Hazard has scored 12 league goals by himself.
It's been a rough week for Torres, as he was not called up for the Spain squad mid-week in their friendly against Italy, instead passed over for Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.
Thankfully for Torres, that does not mean his World Cup dreams are over, as Spain manager Vicente del Bosque noted to the Associated Press (via CBC Sports):
"This list is exclusively for the game against Italy, he said. "There are three months left of competition, and many things can happen to convince us to bring other players. We don't close the door to anything."
Still, every performance now counts for Torres, both for club and country, and a big showing against a tough opponent like Spurs could have done wonders for his standing with both.
Both he and Chelsea will hope this injury isn't too serious, as his tepid standing with the Spanish national team should inspire an improvement in form. Of course, if his injury is severe, Eto'o will need to step up and prove he can carry the No. 9 role by himself, since Ba has left much to be desired since Jose Mourinho arrived.
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