Diego Costa’s training-ground hamstring injury is all it took to expose Chelsea’s attempts to offload Fernando Torres before the close of the transfer window as lunacy.
The information superhighway is bumper to bumper with competing prognoses on the two goals in two games bulldozer.
Reports suggest he could be out for as long as six weeks, but Chelsea have yet to confirm that he’ll miss the trip to Everton, which his colleagues are 6/5 to win.
Regardless of where along the road he returns to the fray, it offers Stamford Bridge a wake-up call over their keenness to loan Fernando Torres to AC Milan.
Should the deal go through, and Sky Sports have reported the Spaniard is discussing terms with the Rossoneri not long ago, Chelsea will have only Didier Drogba to rely upon until Costa is back in business.
With Torres as short as 2/25 to be ensconced at Giuseppe Meazza come September 2, Jose Mourinho could easily find himself with an even shallower pool of strikers than the one that so depressed him last season.
Drogba started 31 of Galatasaray’s 43 outings across the Champions League and Turkish Super Lig last term, netting a moderate 12-goal return.
Alone and aged he cannot be relied upon to fill the gulf left by Torres, who scored nine goals in just 21 starts across the same competitions last term, let alone two strikers.
Chelsea have been also linked to box-office line leaders Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani and if Torres does go they’ll surely bring in a replacement.
But neither are likely to want to play second fiddle to Costa upon his return from injury.
Instead the most recently-mooted replacement for the man with the Elvish tattoos is Roma’s Mattia Destro, who will likely cost around £20m from the notoriously hard-bargaining Stadio Olimpico outfit.
However, even if they can tie up a deal, the 23-year-old wasn’t considered good enough to go to the World Cup with Italy.
Moreover, although he has notched 18 times in 41 Serie A outings over the past two campaigns, he started just 25 of those games.
It means he boasts a fine goals-per-90-minutes ratio, but also that there are genuine concerns over his fitness.