Jose Mourinho reported in his pre-match press conference Fernando Torres is fit again but John Terry isn’t quite ready to return to the side. Speaking ahead of our trip to the Hawthorns tomorrow, the manager was pleased to announce Torres has recovered from the knee injury that has kept him out since we hosted Manchester United last month. The striker trained with the squad towards the end of last week but was not ready to face Newcastle on Saturday.

The manager also gave an update on John Terry, who suffered a minor muscle strain in training last week.

‘John is still out but I expect him to play next weekend,’ said Mourinho.

‘Fernando is back. We are better than in the last match because Nando is back and it’s one more option for us.’

We face a West Brom side currently stationed in the relegation zone having not won since New Year’s Day, but Mourinho explained that in England these are the kind of fixtures which can play a big part in the challenge to finish top.

‘It will be difficult. The teams not in the top four will be very influential in the league. Normally people are pushed to say games like Chelsea against Arsenal and Arsenal against City will decide things, but maybe they aren’t.

‘We know that Barcelona v Real Madrid decides the title, but this is not the same situation. The title is decided match after match.’

Mourinho also spoke on his counterpart tomorrow, Pepe Mel, who took over last month after Steve Clarke was sacked.

‘I know him from Spain. When I arrived there he was with Real Betis in the second division. He was a champion and the next year he came to the first division and he did very well. Real Madrid lost to them in one game,’ recalled our manager. 

‘He’s a coach that likes to play football, to play well, to pass the ball and keep possession of the ball. I don’t know if this is the way he wants to work with West Brom but he is a good coach and a good guy.’

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