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Torres back, Terry still out

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has declared Fernando Torres fit to play against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night, but captain John Terry is still not ready.

The Spain striker has recovered from a knee injury, but Mourinho says key defender Terry will miss the clash with Albion at the Hawthorns.

Torres has been out for three weeks after suffering the injury against Manchester United on January 19 and Terry missed Saturday's 3-0 home win over Newcastle United with a knock.

Chelsea face West Brom before returning to the Etihad Stadium for a second time in under a fortnight and Mourinho expects Terry to be fit to face Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

Mourinho said: "John Terry is still out but Fernando is back and available for selection."

"I expect John to be back for the next game (against Man City)."

Chelsea travel to West Brom looking to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table but Mourinho knows any of the title contenders could falter when least expected to.

"Maybe the teams not in the top four will be very influential in the league," he said.

"Normally, people are pushed to say Chelsea against Arsenal, or Arsenal against City, or Liverpool against City. These are the matches that decide things. But maybe they aren't.

"In other leagues, it is like that. Madrid v Barcelona decides the title. Benfica v Porto decides the title. It's not the same situation here. The title is decided match after match.

"Every game is important. If we don't win this game, it's not just about the title contenders to jump to the leadership again. It's also about Tottenham to win, Everton to win, and closing also the gap. At this moment, every point is important."