Chelsea striker Fernando Torres can not play for Spain next week, says Jose Mourinho

Striker will have a scan on his injured knee today

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not be fit to join the Spain squad next week after injuring his knee during the Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Torres will have a scan on the injury today, the club said, but Mourinho was confident the problem was not serious.

"Our doctor is confident it is not a big injury like (Marco) Van Ginkel's (out for six months), but we will have to wait for the scans,' Mourinho said on the Chelsea website (www.chelseafc.com).

"Torres knows that he doesn't play against Norwich (due to suspension). Then he knows he doesn't go with the national team, so he has time before the next game he can play, against Cardiff (on 19 Oct). Let's see the scan.

"It is a pity for the guy because he is in a very good moment physically and he played fantastic against Tottenham (last weekend), and he played today because he deserved to start. It is a pity but that is football," the Portuguese added.

 

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Torres, who was sent off against Tottenham Hotspur, left the pitch with a knee injury after 11 minutes of Tuesday's 4-0 win in Romania.

Spain host Belarus on 11 October and Georgia four days later in World Cup qualifiers. The world champions are unbeaten at the top of Group I with 14 points from six matches.

REUTERS

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