Chelsea news – Torres set-back, Ivanovic setback, Lampard returns to training

Torres set-back.

Chelsea striker, Fernando Torres has suffered another setback to what has been a forgetful start to his career so far at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard was on international duty on Wednesday and was taken off just 14 minutes into the game.

According to Football365, the striker is reportedly suffering from a concussion. The full extent of the problem has not been revealed and the club will not release a statement until discovering the same.

The good news for the Chelsea manager however, is that Didier Drogba seems to be in fine form, as he scored his 50th international goal against Israel on Wednesday, after winning and converting a penalty.  

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Ivanovic setback.

Andre Villas-Boas is facing a dilemma with respect to his defensive line, as versatile defender Branislav Ivanovic has added himself to the injury list at Chelsea. The Daily Mail reports the Serbian defender suffered a thigh injury, which could rule him out of Chelsea’s visit to Stoke City on Sunday.

The manager now is short on options with David Luiz and Alex not at full fitness, and could have to call upon the inexperience of Nathaniel Chalobah, who impressed during Chelsea’s pre-season.  

The fact the Blues are up against Stoke City’s aerial threat will make the news all that more disappointing to the new manager.

Lampard returns to training.

Chelsea ace Frank Lampard is back training at the club’s ground in Cobham. The England medical team had sent the 33-year-old midfielder home, after learning about his throat infection. But Lampard is already training with his team-mates, according to a ChelseaTV report.

Since arriving at the club Frank has received treatment and has been deemed fit enough to train the very next morning. The news will be a welcome boost to the manager, who all of a sudden seems to be dealing with several injuries to key players.

David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres, Alex, John obi Mikel and Michael Essien are among the names said to the unavailable for the start of the season. With Daniel Sturridge also suspended for the first three games due to a red card picked up at Bolton, on the final day of the last campaign. 

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