10 Feb, 08:30
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has confirmed that striker Alvaro Morata may miss the rest of the season with a serious back injury.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of their clash against West Brom, the tactician said, “Morata no. Giroud has trained and will be in contention. We are talking a lot about bad results, but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation.”
The Godfather added, “Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time. I don’t know how long he will be out for. We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back.”
When asked about the marksman’s estimated return date, Conte responded, “If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”
This development is a huge blow for the Blues as the defending champions are coming of emphatic back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, which have jeopardised the English sides chances of securing a top four finish this season and threatened to end Conte’s tenure at the Stamford Bridge prematurely.
Conte can only hope that stand-in forward Olivier Giroud will be able to turn their fortunes around in order to redeem both the club’s and his own reputation moving forward.
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