Alvaro Morata pulls out of Spain squad

Lawrence Cooper
October 3, 2017

Head coach Antonio Conte admitted he took a risk over the fitness of Morata by starting him against City, but had suggested the Spaniard's injury was not serious.

The Spanish Football Federation have confirmed Morata has suffered a grade two hamstring tear, which is expected to keep him out for at least the whole of October and could be longer.

Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to retain the title, after Alvaro Morata has been ruled out for six weeks.

Spain conducted their own tests on the 24-year-old on Sunday at the Sanitas University hospital of La Moraleja in Madrid, where a scan apparently revealed the myofascial injury.

Morata's injury is a blow but with the global break scheduled, it has come at the best possible time for Chelsea.

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It was initially thought that the former Real Madrid star would be fit to return to action after the worldwide break on October 14, but latest reports suggest otherwise.

Morata signed for Chelsea this summer, and looks set to be replaced by Michy Batshuayi in his absence - but how will the Blues cope in these key games?

Conte is now left desperately short of forwards as he attempts to guide his side back towards top spot in the Premier League after falling six points behind leaders City.

Former Blues' striker Fernando Torres has praised Alvaro Morata's strong start to life at Stamford Bridge, proclaiming the Chelsea forward to be "one of the best" in the world.

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