Fernando Torres will return to the Chelsea FC bench for their match against West Bromwich Albion, while John Terry misses out.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t have too many injury concerns at the moment to deal with ahead of this fixture against West Bromwich Albion. John Terry, who missed out in their last match against Newcastle United with a muscle injury, is yet to recover from his fitness concerns and Mourinho expects him to return to the side for their match against Everton next week. Which means the Englishman is also likely to miss out their all-important clash against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
But the good news for the Blues is the return of Fernando Torres in the squad for this game. 29-year-old has been suffering with a ligament injury recently and his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt was in the 3-1 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month. His return will provide more options for Mourinho upfront as he looks to maintain his lead at the top of the table.
“John is still out but I expect him to play next weekend. We are better than in the last match because Fernando is back and it is one more option for us.” – The Chelsea manager told the press ahead of their game against West Brom.
Mourinho might have one eye on their FA Cup fixture against Manchester City while selecting his starting eleven for this game. Chelsea are expected to make three changes to the line-up that was fielded in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United. Mikel and Ramires are likely to start in the pivot for this game as Frank Lampard new signing Nemanja Matic drops down to the bench. In attack, Mourinho could start with Andre Schurrle on the right in place of WIllian, although there is also a possibility of winter signing Mohamed Salah making his first start for the club in this fixture. Fernando Torres will feature from the bench after recovering from his injury, which will keep Samuel Eto’o on his toes as well.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech (GK); Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Ivanovic; Mikel, Ramires; Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle; Eto’o