Injured Torres fails to recover for Schalke game

Tue Nov 5, 2013 10:55am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea will face Schalke 04 without injured striker Fernando Torres and manager Jose Mourinho said any other team changes he makes must not be seen as punishment for the weekend's defeat by Newcastle United that he was so scathing of.

The London club will be seeking to put behind them Saturday's 2-0 loss at St James' Park that prompted Mourinho to say he had made "11 mistakes" in his team selection when they host Schalke in Champions League Group E.

The Portuguese said his opinion had not changed on his side's performance that ended a run of six successive wins in all competitions but that it was time to move on.

"I don't want people to see the changes I make tomorrow as though someone's paying for the defeat at Newcastle because that's not the case," Mourinho told a news conference on Tuesday.

"I read a game once, twice, or three times and how players performed, and after that you have to make changes, not to punish people, completely far from it, but to try to get the best team to win the game."

Victory against the German club would send Chelsea clear at the top of the group but Mourinho will be unable to call on rejuvenated Torres to help them do the job.

"Fernando Torres is out, we need to wait for the scans tomorrow," the manager said of the striker who has failed to recover from a thigh injury.

"It is easy to say he is out tomorrow and Saturday (against West Bromwich Albion in the league) too and then comes the international break, let us see if he can recover in that period."

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Chelsea's Fernando Torres (L) celebrates with team mate Ramires after scoring a goal against Manchester City during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh