Monday, 2 October 2017

Good news for Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata

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Alvaro Morata is injured
The truth is there were fears for Alvaro Morata before kick off on Saturday against Man City.


On Wednesday night in Spain Chelsea recorded an amazing result in the Champions League.

Antonio Conte’s side broke several records by beating Atletico Madrid 2-1.

Alvaro Morata continued his amazing goalscoring form heading home an Eden Hazard cross for the leveller.

But after the game, reports started to circle that Morata picked up an injury.

Indeed, the Spanish international was spotted limping after the Champions League game.

Chelsea star subbed v Man City
Morata managed to shake off that problem to lead Chelsea’s attack once again against Man City on Saturday.

But was that a good idea?

After 35 minutes of the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, the Spanish star exited the game for Willian.

Morata seemed to reveal he had a hamstring injury.

On Monday, the Times have an update on Morata’s health.

The broadsheet quote Antonio Conte, who has played down fears of a serious injury:

It’s a muscular problem. I don’t think it’s a serious problem because he stopped before it will become a serious injury.

He said to me, ‘Coach, I prefer to stop myself otherwise I risk a bad injury.’

The doctor now in the next days has to check the situation, but I don’t think he’s available for the national team.

Morata has joined up with Julen Lopetegui’s side and will be checked on by the Spanish doctors today to see if he can play the World Cup qualifiers.

Spain have 2018 World Cup qualifiers lined up against Albania and Israel in the international break.

UPDATE: Alvaro Morata is officially out of Spain’s matches.

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He has a grade II hamstring problem. Chelsea are hopeful he will return to Palace clash.


Hodgson Gives Palace Fans Horrible News Ahead Of Chelsea Clash

Having been continuously kicked in our opening Premier League game of the season at home to Huddersfield in August, Wilfried Zaha had been hoping to make his long-awaited return to the Palace first-team when we welcome Chelsea to Selhurst Park in a little under two weeks time but manager Roy Hodgson appeared to pour cold water on that suggestion following our 4-0 loss to Manchester United last Saturday.

Speaking to the press after the game, Roy reeled off the infuriatingly long list of injuries Palace are currently battling with, suggesting that Zaha is in fact likely to miss the date with Antonio Conte’s Blues alongside Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is contractually obliged to sit out and Christian Benteke, who damaged his knee quite severely against Manchester City a little over a week ago.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the role Wilfried Zaha plays within the Palace first-team, both on a technical and emotional level. Whilst his skill, drive and threat in the final third have been mightily important to us in recent years, he also appears to be one of the few regular starters who truly understands what this football club means to its supporters; with that in mind, his prolonged absence has predictably left a hole that we are seemingly incapable of filling.

Usually playing on the opposite flank to Andros Townsend, Wilf’s flicks and tricks have the wonderful ability to unsettle defences from the first minute until the last, opening up spaces for our other attacking players during every drive towards goal. Yes, he played during our humbling opening day defeat against Huddersfield but I’m sure I’m not alone in suggestion that, had he been able to play an active role in the opening seven games of our Premier League campaign, there is next to no chance that we would still be sitting rock bottom without a point to our name.

Hopefully, Roy’s grim assessment of Zaha’s recovery schedule was just a case of keeping expectations low rather than a complete write-off as to his chances of making the game against the reigning champions. We’ve relied incredibly heavily on Wilf in recent years but now, it feels like he’s needed more than ever before.

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