Jose Mourinho has announced that Fernando Torres has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Champions League fixture with Schalke on Wednesday with a muscular injury, Sky
The Spaniard suffered the injury in training on Monday and the Portuguese boss confirmed that the 29-year-old will miss the visit of the German club and will not face West Brom this weekend.
The news comes as a blow for the Blues following Torres’ brace in Germany two weeks ago when they brushed aside Schalke 3-0, but Mourinho is hopeful the striker will return after the international break.
He said: “Fernando we know has a muscular (leg) injury. We don’t know the dimension. Scan tomorrow. Out for tomorrow and the weekend (against West Brom). After that it’s the international break and we will see how he recovers.”
The former Real Madrid manager is hopeful that his side can bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, which put an end to an encouraging run of six straight wins. The 50-year-old cut a frustrated figure in the post match press conference but admitted he was exaggerating when he said he had made 11 wrong selections.
He said: “When you win and win and win sometimes players forget why they win and they think they win just because they are good. There are many other ingredients in football matches that make you a consistent winner.
“At half-time I was telling them they were competing more in training than that game. They were playing like the goal will arrive, we don’t need to push, we don’t need to be aggressive. I’ve had lots of time to watch the game, to reflect about the game and I don’t change my opinion.
“But I don’t want to see the changes I make tomorrow as somebody’s paying for the defeat against Newcastle, which is not the case. It’s simply that I read the game and I read it once, twice, three times, try to analyse the way the people perform. And try to make changes not to punish people? Completely far from it, just to try to get the best team to win the game.
“Schalke have a very good record away from home, both in the Bundesliga and in European competitions. They are a very good team with very good players.”
Chelsea are currently top of Group E on goal difference, with their German rivals occupying the same number of points after three matches.
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