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Huge blow to Chelsea’s title charge as star player suffers injury

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

Morata has had an excellent start to life in the Premier League, scoring seven goals in nine games for the Blues since his £60m move from Real Madrid this summer.

However, the Spaniard was forced to be replaced during the weekends game against title rivals Manchester City, and now the Spanish Football Federation has confirmed the severity of his injury.

Morata has suffered a Grade Two tear to his hamstring, which is likely to keep him out for up to six weeks.

That means that the striker will miss Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace, Watford, Everton, Bournemouth and crucially Manchester United. He will also be out for the Champions League double header against Roma while being a doubt for the fixtures against West Brom and F.C. Qarabag next month.

While the majority of the fixtures look winnable on paper for the Blues, their squad has been left with Michy Batshuayi as the only recognised striker.

To play seven games in just over four weeks after the international break will be a big ask for the Belgian, and Antonio Conte will be hoping he can stay fit and fresh during that period.

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