Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that Demba Ba will remain a member of the Blues' squad for the foreseeable future after Fernando Torres suffered lateral knee ligament damage against Manchester United on Sunday.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, but Mourinho now plans to use the previously out-of-favour striker who has failed to cement a regular first-team place at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Newcastle United last January.
Mourinho confirmed that Torres will be out for "weeks", paving the way for Ba to get some minutes under his belt.
"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," the Portuguese coach was quoted as saying by the Daily Star after his side's 3-1 victory over Manchester United.
"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."
Mourinho also believes that Ba will take his chance over the forthcoming weeks.
"It's time for Demba," he added. "It's a pity because Nando (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."
Ba has scored three goals in 14 matches this season, while the African striker netted six in 22 appearances for the west London outfit last term.