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Torres absence will give Eto'o and Ba Chelsea chance

Fernando Torres is out of Chelsea's next two games because of a leg injury, revealed Blues boss Jose Mourinho. The 29-year-old will miss his side's Champions League group game against Schalke on Wednesday and Saturday's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion.

The striker is also set to miss Spain's friendly against Gabon on 19 November.

"Fernando Torres is out, we need to wait for the scans on Wednesday," said Mourinho. "It is easy to say he is out [against Schalke] and Saturday too."

However, Mourinho says his absence will give strikers Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba their chance to stake a claim for a place in his side.

"They have the chance to play up front," said Mourinho. "That has to be a good motivation for them and hopefully they can express on the pitch the way they work."

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