When Fernando Torres went down a mere 36 seconds into Chelsea’s 4-0 victory at Steaua Bucharest, it didn’t look good for the Spaniard.
Torres appeared to open up the joint in his left leg as he got stuck in with Steaua’s Cristian Tanase during his side’s impressive impressive Group E performance in Romania.
Initially, many feared the worst – a cruciate ligament rupture. Soon thereafter fears subsided that it was a medial, rather than cruciate, ligament damage.
And now, following a scan at Chelsea’s Cobham training facility earlier today, the news is even better for Chelsea supporters as the MCL has been revealed only to be strained, not ruptured. That means Torres, who was already banned from this Sunday’s Premier League match at Norwich City due to the red card he received in last weekend’s Tottenham match, will be sidelined for about three weeks.
The injury means that Torres will not feature for the Spanish National Team when international fixtures start up in two weeks. The striker is expected to return to play on October 19th when Chelsea host Cardiff City.
“[The injury is] a pity for the guy because, physically, he was in a very good moment,” Jose Mourinho said following Tuesday night’s triumph. “He played fantastically against Tottenham and deserved to start this game. That’s the bad news.”
Despite not having scored in any of the five Premier League matches he’s played this season, Torres has enjoyed a strong start to the season, appearing quick and determined. He was impressive in the 2-2 penalty kick loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup and had a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory over Swindon Town in the League Cup.