Chelsea are set for a huge striker boost, with The Sun reporting that Fernando Torres is set to return to training this week.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Blues from Liverpool back in January 2011, has been absent since the club's comfortable 3-1 triumph over Manchester United on January 19 after sustaining damaged ligaments in his knee.
The Spanish World Cup winner has received hefty criticism from fans on a frequent basis since his switch to Stamford Bridge, with many evidently not feeling that his form in West London has justified the hefty £50 million fee Chelsea paid to bring him to the club.
However, Torres has shown signs of marginal improvement since Jose Mourinho's keenly-awaited return to Chelsea and arguably provides a far better option in the final third than certainly Demba Ba and possibly even veteran Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o - who has fulfilled the starting duties in Torres' absence.
Chelsea, who recorded a masterful 1-0 victory over previously free-scoring Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night thanks to a quite magnificent strike from Serbian full-back Branislav Ivanovic, face Alan Pardew's Newcastle United on Saturday.
While you would imagine such a fixture will come slightly too soon for Torres to make his return, Mourinho's men face a big month ahead with another tie against City on the horizon, as well a games against Everton and the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Turkish giants Galatasaray.
While Torres is not universally loved by all, his return will surely provide Chelsea with a big boost ahead of such crucial matches.
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