Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was speaking to the press today ahead of his sides crunch Premier League encounter against West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, and admitted that he is ”worried,” by the persistent back injury that has kept star striker Alvaro Morata out of action over the last few weeks.
The 48-year-old Italian coach stated that his sides recent struggles have not been helped by his inability to select the Spain international, when he said:
“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.
“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. For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”
The 25-year-old joined Chelsea this summer in a club record £70 million deal from Real Madrid. He started the season off in fantastic form, although his form had started to dip over the Christmas period. However the talented striker has netted an impressive 10 goals and provided four assists in just 20 Premier League appearances.
Chelsea have missed his ability to hold up the ball and link the play in recent matches, although Morata’s continued absence will more than likely mean that the Blues £19 million deadline day signing Olivier Giroud, may well be in line to make his home debut against Alan Pardew’s West Brom on Monday night.