Jose Mourinho: 'Fernando Torres has damaged lateral ligaments'

Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals that striker Fernando Torres could miss a month with a lateral ligament injury.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that striker Fernando Torres faces four weeks on the sidelines with a lateral ligament injury.

Torres suffered the knee problem shortly after being introduced as a substitute against Manchester United last weekend, but Mourinho has insisted that the Spaniard won't require surgery.

Asked how long Torres would be absent, the 50-year-old told reporters: "One month, three weeks. Something like that.

"It's not a surgery situation but it's not a little strain. It's a lateral ligament injury."

Torres has scored eight times in 23 appearances for the Blues during the current campaign.

Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013
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