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Fernando Torres out 'a couple of weeks' with groin injury

Jamie McDonald

On Saturday, Chelsea had a pretty good time against Tottenham Hotspur, taking advantage of a slew of errors, winning 4-0 and sending their manager into a hilarious little breakdown on live television. But before the match, there was a little problem. Fernando Torres was set to start, but picked up a groin injury during warmups. His replacement, Samuel Eto'o, got the winning goal, so the injury didn't have too much of an impact for yesterday's match, but if he's out for a long time that'll obviously have an adverse effect on our depth at centre forward.

So here's Jose Mourinho with the prognosis:

It was muscular, a big surprise because he didn't go to the national team, he stayed with us and had his rest and training. Sometimes these things happen. In the warm-up he felt something in his groin, with muscles even with a little thing you are out for a couple of weeks. We lost him but the other two scored goals today, that's the reason we want to have three strikers in the squad. For strikers, a goal is always a vitamin.


A couple of weeks probably means he's out through at least the Arsenal game at home, which is obviously not ideal, especially as we have an away game to Aston Villa mixed up in there and Torres is Mourinho's go-to away forward. But happily, Demba Ba and Eto'o are both in scoring form, which means we can probably survive on two strikers for a while. We'll live.

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