Mourinho: Torres out for up to a month with knee injury

The striker suffered lateral ligament damage after coming on as a second-half substitute against Manchester United, though the manager has faith Demba Ba can step up
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Fernando Torres faces up to a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The striker suffered lateral ligament damage after coming off the bench in the 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United on Sunday.

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Torres' absence will leave Mourinho with just Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba as his only fit first-team strikers, but the manager confirmed that the Spain international is his only fresh injury concern.

"He is the only one [out]," Mourinho told reporters. "One month, or three weeks, something like that."

Mourinho previously hinted that the injury to Torres has scuppered a potential January exit for Demba Ba, who has started just two league games this season.

"Now we lose Fernando for a few weeks with something in his lateral ligament [in his knee] and that is why we have Demba in the squad," said Mourinho.

"We decided not to open the door to him [to leave] because he is a good player and we need him. The next few weeks is Demba and Samuel and I hope they do well for us.

"It's time for Demba. It's a pity because [Torres] is in a good moment, but it's time for Demba. Demba had a fantastic week; [it was] very difficult for me to leave him out of selection because he worked very, very well.