Chelsea striker Torres ruled out for three weeks

Fernando Torres has been ruled out of action for the next three weeks after the Chelsea striker suffered ligament damage to his left knee during the Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest, BBC Sport has reported.

Torres had to be withdrawn after 11 minutes of the match in Romania after picking up the injury, with manager Jose Mourinho admitting it has come at a bad time for the Spain international. “It’s a pity for the guy because he’s in a very good moment,” the manager said.

Torres was due to miss Chelsea’s next Premier League game regardless, however, after he was sent off against Tottenham Hotspur. It was confirmed on Wednesday that Torres will serve only a one-game suspension despite the spat with Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, a decision described as a “disgrace” by Tottenham Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas.

In addition to sitting out the match with Norwich on Sunday, Torres will be unavailable for Spain during the international period as the world and European champions play World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia. Chelsea’s next league game comes on October 19 as Cardiff City visit Stamford Bridge, with the Champions League programme resuming days later in a trip to Schalke.

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