Torres on the mend, should be available after international break

Shaun Botterill

Fernando Torres is likely to return to action after the international break, Jose Mourinho confirmed at a press conference on Friday. The striker, who missed the 3-0 Champions League victory against Schalke 04 after an unspecified muscular injury in training earlier this week, had been riding a high following his last-minute winner against Manchester City, but he'll have to build up some more momentum after this enforced three-week break.

Fortunately, the rest of the centre forward corps has been stepping up in his absence. Samuel Eto'o, instrumental in the victory against Cardiff City last month, scored his second and third Chelsea goals during the Schalke game, and Demba Ba has finally broken his duck as well. One of the two will get the nod to play against West Bromwich Albion this weekend, and whoever does get picked will be hoping to put in a performance that keeps Torres out of the squad for a little while longer.

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