The stats for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres read like a horror show.

The £50million misfit, 27, now has more yellow cards than goals this season and failed to grab his opportunity when Didier Drogba was at the African Nations Cup last month.

Torres has played 1,324 minutes of football for club and country since he scored against Genk.

He was hauled off at half-time against Birmingham last weekend and was left on the bench throughout the midweek Champions League defeat at Napoli.

Torres was dropped by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday.