Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has said that his likely to use the star striker Fernando Torres in the friendly match against AC Milan. Chelsea will be playing against AC Milan in what will be their final pre-season match of the US tour.
They will be playing in only one more friendly – against Brighton and Hove Albion – before taking on Manchester city in the Community shield. Due to the fact that striker Fernando Torres was not part of the first three pre-season friendlies, Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo is also to hand the Spaniard a few minutes of action against AC Milan in order to help him return to full fitness.
The 28-year-old was given an extended break after taking part in the Euro 2012 with the Spanish national team. He managed to win the competition itself and also the Golden Boot award after having scored three goals. It finished a remarkable season for the Spaniard, who struggled during the early part of the campaign. In the end, he had managed to lift four major trophies – two with his club team and two with his international team. As a result, he has only just returned to pre-season training with his new teammates like Eden Hazard and Marko Marin.
“Fernando is going to play. It’s just a question of how much time. It will be at least 30 minutes. He has had a flight and jet lag and a few training sessions in his legs, so we will have to see,” said the Chelsea manager ahead of the match with AC Milan. Chelsea come on the back of the 3-2 defeat at the hands of the MLS all-stars. This was the first defeat of the pre-season after they had started their tour with the win over Seattle Sounders and the draw with Paris St Germain.