Jose Mourinho confirmed after the win over Manchester United that Fernando Torres has an injury to the ligaments in his left knee and will miss at least a month.
Torres came on as a 79th minute substitute for hat-trick man Samuel Eto’o, and has been in good form with three goals in his last five matches.
The injury will have multiple ripple effects throughout the English game, most notably involving fellow Chelsea striker Demba Ba.
The Chelsea manager said he will not be tempted to buy a striker in the winter transfer window as a result of the injury, instead using the combination of Eto’o and Ba.
“It’s time for Demba,” said Mourinho following the 3-1 win over Manchester United. “Demba had a fantastic week and it was very difficult for me to leave him out of selection because he worked very, very well.”
This could have a serious effect on other teams such as West Ham United who may have looked to secure a loan deal for Ba – owner of just two Premier League starts this season – for the second half of the campaign.
Sam Allardyce, possibly now missing out on Ba, also lost out today on Lacina Traore who reportedly will make his way to Everton. He had been publicly worried earlier this week that the towering striker would head elsewhere, saying, “It’s unlikely (he will sign for West Ham) by the sounds of it. We’re finding it extremely difficult (to bring players in).”
It’s also a tough break for Demba Ba, who was searching for a loan lifeline this January. The 28-year-old Senegalese international will see some immediate playing time, but is still behind the in-form Eto’o and will most likely be sent back out of the picture once Torres returns.
Here he comes.
When Henrikh Mkhitaryan signed for Manchester United in the summer big things were expected.
It’s taken him a while to settle but now the Armenian playmaker has scored his first goal for United with a stunning superb solo effort against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday in the UEFA Europa League.
Watch the video below to see Mkhitaryan put United 1-0 up.
What a goal.
You truly have to see this a few times to believe it is possible.
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Stunning footage from a game between National Vatera and Makedonikos Kozanis in Greece’s four-tier last weekend has emerged as Kozanis striker Thanasis Takidis goes clean through on goal, gets one yard out but then somehow delays his shot and is blocked on the line by a defender, then the ball gets away from him.
Watch the clip above to see probably the worst miss you will ever see.
I mean, come on man…
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Japanese champion Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City of New Zealand 2-1 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday.
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Kim Dae-wook headed Auckland ahead five minutes after half time, but substitute Shuhei Akasaki equalized for the J-League champions in the 67th minute.
Fellow sub Mu Kanazaki then completed the comeback in the 88th, heading home from close range after Shoma Doi nodded a deep Shuto Yamamoto cross from the left back.
Kashima advanced to a quarterfinal against African champion Mamelodi Sundowns in Osaka on Sunday.
The winner of that game will face Copa Libertadores winner Atletico Nacional in the semifinal Wednesday. European powerhouse Real Madrid also enters the tournament from the semifinal stage.
The use of video replays was available during the match but there were no official reviews. The technology is there to be used only for correcting clear errors in game-changing decisions.
Week 15 of the Premier League season has arrived with Manchester United hosting Tottenham, Liverpool welcoming West Ham and Leicester City and Manchester City clashing at the King Power Stadium.
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With some intense relegation battles between Swansea City and Sunderland and Hull City and Crystal Palace, there is plenty on the line as the festive season really starts to heat up.
Below are previews, score predictions and everything else you need to know about all 10 games this weekend.
Chelsea vs. West Brom
Leicester City vs. Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Arsenal vs. Stoke City
Southampton vs. Middlesbrough
Swansea City vs. Sunderland
Watford vs. Everton
Hull vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Bournemouth