Lunchtime Report: December 11

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Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez says Fernando Torres’ mood has been lifted after his four goals last week.

The former Liverpool boss was confident Torres would begin to regain confidence in front of goal.

Robin van Persie says his Manchester United team-mate Javier Hernandez is a great example to others.

He revealed the Mexican took on extra gym work while going through a period not being in the team and claimed all players should have such an attitude.

Arsene Wenger has vowed not to take any chances in Arsenal’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Bradford City tonight and will pick a strong team.

The Frenchman will take most of the squad from the Premier League win over West Brom on Saturday but will add Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin to it, although Olivier Giroud misses out with a back injury.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker made his return to action last night in an Under-21s match against Sunderland.

The England midfielder has been suffering from an Achilles injury since the summer and has yet to make a first team appearance this season.

Manchester City will not be selling Mario Balotelli any time soon, according to manager Roberto Mancini.

Balotelli’s future was called into doubt after he was withdrawn early in the 3-2 loss to Manchester United, but Mancini denied it while at a function in Italy.

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is facing five weeks on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury.

The former Arsenal captain was withdrawn early on in Barcelona’s win at Real Betis on Sunday, which was notable for being the match Lionel Messi broke the world record for goals scored in a calendar year by notching his 85th and 86th strikes of 2012.

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