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Chelsea boss reveals Torres played through illness during Swansea defeat

Interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has revealed that under-performing striker Fernando Torres played through the club's shock League Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea City with a stomach bug. The Spain international was booed off the field but Benitez has insisted that the forward's poor performance was down to illness.

"I could not explain it before the match, because [Swansea boss] Michael Laudrup would have known but Fernando had a stomach bug," Benitez said.

"So Fernando was playing with the problem. I was really pleased with him because he was trying to play despite the problems he had."

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