There is some real bad news for Chelsea fans, as striker Alvaro Morata could be out for six weeks after suffering a grade two hamstring injury at the weekend. In the 1-0 loss to Manchester City, the Spaniard was hauled off in the first half itself, and will now miss international assignments against Albania and Israel, as reported here by the BBC.
With Eden Hazard coming back from injury, the duo looked to be en route to forging a deadly alliance.
Now though, it looks like the 24 year-old could miss a whole host of important games including Roma in the Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League. He could also face a test of time to be fully fit for the trip to Anfield at the end of November.
Chelsea need to get back to winning ways following last week’s result, after which they have now fallen six points behind the Manchester clubs at the top. It was at this point last season when Antonio Conte’s men begun their 13-match winning streak, a run of results that left everyone else well and truly behind.
Morata has been a key member of the team and his absence could vastly affect its fortunes. Michy Batshuayi hasn’t been too effective as the lone striker in the Premier League, while playing the likes of Hazard or Pedro up front takes a lot of the sting out of the attack. There is no target man up front, and it isn’t always easy to open up defences through the centre.
Morata will now have a second set of tests in the week, run by the doctors at Chelsea. The club haven’t yet officially confirmed the news of the striker’s prolonged layoff.
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