Di Matteo fears Torres burnout

With Daniel Sturridge injured, Chelsea's £50 million-rated top goalscorer is their only striking option at present, with his manager fearing he could suffer from a lack of rest

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted he is worried that striker Fernando Torres could suffer from “burnout” in the near future if he doesn't get an opportunity to rest him.

Torres is the only Blues player to feature in every game they've played this season, but a lack of alternatives – and Daniel Sturridge’s persistent injury troubles - means his boss is heavily reliant on the Spain international.

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Despite spending around £80 million in the summer on new additions for his squad, Di Matteo failed to add to his frontline options, and he is now lamenting his dearth of attacking options.

"There are no signs of Fernando being burned out at the moment, but it’s something we have to look at," Di Matteo told reporters.

"This is our seventh game in 21 days and with the intensity and tempo of these matches it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to play in them all.

"Daniel Sturridge was injured three weeks ago and we were hoping he’d be fit for this game."

Sturridge's injury means Torres will feature once again for Chelsea, who loaned their only other striker Romelu Lukaku to West Brom in the summer.

But Di Matteo has no qualms about loaning the Belgium forward, insisting the youngster needed more regular playing time to kick-start his stalling progression.

"Romelu needs to play to improve," he added. "I’m not sure how much chance he’d have got this year."