Chelsea hopes to be in a position to rest
Ba's persistent knee problem could complicate transfer negotiations, however, and Chelsea interim manager
However, Benitez has admitted the Blues must give Torres a break after blaming fatigue for his side's 1-0 Premier League defeat by Queens Park Rangers.
"Fernando is one of the players who needs to rest. Two or three players have been playing too many games in the last weeks and months," he said.
"Managing that was going well but against QPR it didn't work. Some of the players couldn't get to the level we were expecting.
"Without talking about names, if you have another striker you can play with two strikers if you need to.
"Or if you want to rest a striker then you can do that and at the moment we are a bit short."
Leader Manchester United is 14 points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea, which finally buckled beneath the heavy workload that accompanied its appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup in
Benitez conceded its chances of now overhauling United are bleak.
"I haven't been worried about the league table, I've just talked about one game at a time and now it's the same situation," the Spaniard said.
"If you can't win your games it will be more difficult but the priority is to think about the next game and give the players the confidence that we had before.
"We will analyse what went wrong and try to carry on with the things that we were doing really well.
"We have to do everything almost perfectly now if we want to reduce the gap. When you lose a game it's more difficult, but I can't be thinking about how many points we need."
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