Torres set to miss out on international duty

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will not be fit to join the Spain squad next week after injuring his knee during the Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

El Nino will undergo scans today but the manager has confirmed that the injury does not look as serious as the one suffered by Marko Van Ginkel. 

The Portuguese boss said: "Our doctor is confident it is not a big injury like [Marco] Van Ginkel's [out for six months], but we will have to wait for the scans.

"Torres knows that he doesn't play against Norwich [due to suspension]. Then he knows he doesn't go with the national team, so he has time before the next game he can play, against Cardiff [on 19 Oct]. Let's see the scan.

"It is a pity for the guy because he is in a very good moment physically and he played fantastic against Tottenham [last weekend], and he played today because he deserved to start. It is a pity but that is football." 

The La Roja host Belarus on 11 October and Georgia four days later in World Cup qualifiers. The world champions are unbeaten at the top of Group I with 14 points from six matches.

Torres impressed against Spurs before he was sent off for clashing with Jan Vertonghen. Chelsea eventually drew that match 1-1 - a second-half John Terry header cancelling out Gylfi Sigurdsson's early strike.

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