Chelsea striker Fernando Torres looks to be fighting a losing battle in his bid for fitness ahead of the club's Premier League clash against Cardiff City on Saturday.
The £50 million signing has been in fine form this season but is unlikely to be available for a return until the Stamford Bridge clash against Manchester City on 27 October.
The striker has suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee in the Champions League game at Steaua Bucharest on 1 October but is understood to be making the expected recovery.
The original time frame for his return was three weeks and that means he will be missing from the second leg of the Champions League match against Steua next Tuesday evening.
And that may leave Demba Ba to partner Samuel Eto'o - both of whom are without a goal this season - although midfielder Kevin De Bruyne could be deployed in an advanced role.
A source told SportsDirect News exclusively: "Fernando is making decent progress although it looks certain the Cardiff game will come too soon for him."
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