CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri is confident Pedro has NOT suffered a serious injury in their win at PAOK.
While Willian’s early goal ensured Sarri’s side got off the perfect start in the Europa League, Pedro’s injury marred the 1-0 win in Thessaloniki.
The Spaniard was caught in the face in an ugly clash with PAOK goalkeeper Alexandros Paschalakis at the end of the game.
He needed lengthy treatment but Sarri is optimistic about the winger’s fitness.
He said: “I don’t know exactly the situation. I spoke for a few seconds, but that probably it is not a serious injury.”
Willian netted just seven minutes into the Group L clash, finishing off a slick move.
But Chelsea failed to kill off their Greek opponents and nearly paid the price.
Sarri added: “I think we were in control of the match for 90 minutes. We had a lot of opportunities.
“I am very happy with the three points, but not the performance. We didn’t kill the match.
I want to think that we have played very well. It started from the first minute. I think that we played very well.
“It was difficult for people to play against us this evening. I think we were so good.”
Alvaro Morata started up front for Chelsea at the Toumba Stadium but struggled for form yet again.
Sarri said of the striker: “Alvaro has to gain confidence with one, two three goals. I am not able to give him confidence.
“In this match he had three or four opportunities. He was unlucky. I hope for him in the future I can help him.
“But the confidence can come with goals. Maybe two goals in two matches, I don’t know.
“For the first time in this season he was ready in the box. He was on the ball and was active.”