(Sporting Alert) — Fernando Torres starts for Chelsea in tonight’s preseason friendly game against Roma in Washington.
Torres gets the nod tonight after coming off the bench in the defeat to Real Madrid in the last outing in Miami in midweek.
The game also sees defender David Luiz, who has been on the sidelines since the opening game of the USA tour against Inter Milan, returning to the starting line up.
Luiz will play at center-back alongside captain John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand staring as the two full-backs.
Mark Schwarzer starts in goal ahead of Petr Cech, who is not involved.
Manager Jose Mourinho has opted to slow things down in the middle by starting both Michael Essien and John Mikel Obi, while Andre Schurrle, Victor Moses and Kevin De Bruyne also start as attacking options for the English Premier League side.
Meanwhile, American Michael Bradley, Kevin Strootman and Francesco Totti are all amongst the starters for the Serie A club.
Chelsea team: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry (c), Bertrand, Essien, Mikel, Moses, De Bruyne, Schurrle, Torres
Subs: Blackman, Ivanovic, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Lukaku, Cahill.
Roma team: De Sanctis; Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Balzaretti; Bradley, Strootman, Florenzi; Lamela, Osvaldo, Totti (c).