Sturridge ready to assist Torres

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Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge believes his return from suspension can coincide with a return to form for Fernando Torres.

Sturridge picked up a red card on the final day of last season while on loan at Bolton Wanderers, where he scored eight goals in 12 Barclays Premier League games after joining during the January transfer window.

But having served his three-match ban, the England Under 21 international is hoping to spark teammate Torres into form, with the Spaniard having struck just once for the Blues since his big money move from Liverpool back in January.

“For me, he's still a world class striker and it's only a matter of time before he's firing again," Sturridge said.


“I think myself and Juan Mata, if we play together, will make sure of it and he'll certainly get a lot of opportunities with me playing in the team alongside him if the manager feels that's right.

“He's been at the top for years and obviously there has been a blip since coming here but we play well together and the future is good for Chelsea football club.”

Sturridge has cut a frustrated figure at Stamford Bridge since his move from Manchester City in 2009, but now under Andre Villas-Boas the player appears likely to play a greater role at the club, and the 22-year-old admits settling in properly can take time.

“It's just about finding form and that can be difficult when you move to a new club and are in a new environment, but I believe he will be firing in goals this season and I'm sure he'll have a great year,” he added.

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