Things have not gone particularly well for Alvaro Morata at the moment and the striker has been on the sidelines with a back injury that Antonio Conte admitted he was ‘worried’ about.
The 25-year-old has not featured for the Blues since he was sent off in the FA Cup replay against Norwich City last month and Conte confirmed that the Spain international will not be available for the Premier League game against West Brom on Monday night.
“We are talking a lot about bad results, but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation. Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time,” Conte said on Friday.
“I don’t know how long he will be out. We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. I don’t know. For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”
What hasn’t helped the striker’s cause is the recent comments he made about a potential return to Real Madrid, saying: “I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me. And I’m very happy here. But Madrid is always Madrid.”
While Conte confirmed that the striker will be out for the Monday night game, Morata took to Twitter to post a photo of himself with Davide Zappacosta after the latest training session.
It is believed that the striker has been training on his own to get back to fitness, but could well be back hopefully sooner rather than later.
With Chelsea set to face Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round next weekend before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash a few days later, Morata would be a welcome return.