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Torres set for three-week injury lay-off
Oct 02, 2013 7:47 PM GMT
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is facing the prospect of a three-week spell out with a knee injury, the Premier League club have confirmed.
Medical checks have revealed that Torres sustained medial collateral ligament damage to his left knee during Tuesday's UEFA Champions League tie against Steaua Bucharest.
The 29-year-old Spain international limped off with just 11 minutes gone in Chelsea's 4-0 win in Romania and is now facing a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of a Stamford Bridge showdown against Premier League title rivals Manchester City on October 27.
Between now and then, Torres is set to sit out Sunday's trip to Norwich City, a game he was due to miss anyway as he serves a one-match ban following his red card against Tottenham last weekend.
Torres will also be unlikely to feature in the home clash against Cardiff City after the international break, when Spain play FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia.
Chelsea travel to Schalke and play host to City in the space of five days when club football returns and it is unclear whether Torres is likely to be in contention to return for those games at this stage.
Torres has dominated the headlines this week after scratching Jan Vertonghen's face during Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Tottenham, an incident that went unpunished during the game and led to calls for retrospective action to be taken.
The Football Association, though, opted not to extend Torres' mandatory one-game ban following his red card.