Fernando Torres a doubt for Champions League showdown

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Fernando Torres looks likely to miss Chelsea's Champions League showdown against Schalke tomorrow because of a thigh complaint.

The Spaniard limped out of training at the Blues' Cobham base yesterday and was subsequently sent home.

Torres, who has three goals in his last three games for Chelsea, came off after an hour in the 2-0 defeat against Newcastle on Saturday.

Reports suggest that Torres received treatment on his injury while his Chelsea team-mates trained today, and that he will miss the game.

Samuel Eto'o is likely to step into the Spaniard's place having replaced him at St. James' Park.

Chelsea take on Schalke at Stamford Bridge knowing that victory would put them in a commanding position to win Group E - something that looked unlikely after they opened their campaign with a home defeat against Basel.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitted after the defeat at Newcastle that he was struggling to come to terms with his side's performance - and says they need to respond in the game against Schalke.

“It is fair to say I am angry and frustrated," he told reporters after Saturday's game. "I am angry and frustrated with the team and I am part of the team."

"I will look at myself as well. Every game is important. Wednesday [against Schalke] is important because we are in a stable position to qualify in the Champions League, but if we lose we are again in a difficult position. It is a very important game for us.”

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