Carlo Ancelotti is planning to include Fernando Torres in his starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League match at home to Liverpool.
Torres has already said it would be “destiny” for him to score against the club he left on transfer deadline day for a fee that could rise to £50 million, and it now appears he will be granted the opportunity.
Ancelotti is less likely to start with his other major signing, defender David Luiz, who arrived in a deal worth £25 million from Benfica, and he will go to the club’s training ground in Cobham, Surrey, for the first time on Wednesday.
Torres and Luiz will meet the rest of the players after the squad return to training following Tuesday night’s league match away to Sunderland, which the Spaniard watched on a television feed.
Torres completed his first training session at Cobham on Tuesday, working alone with the club’s fitness coach, Chris Jones. He underwent a 45-minute session on one of the club’s academy pitches but did not travel to Sunderland.
Torres, who signed a 5½-year deal at Chelsea, said he was looking forward to being “involved in the routine of the team” and the fascinating question to be answered is how Ancelotti will accommodate him in his strikeforce and whether this will lead to a change in formation.