Monday, 7 May 2018

Chelsea striker makes frank injury revelation

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Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid last summer as Antonio Conte looked to replace the outcast Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.


And he made a strong start to life in west London, quickly allaying fears surrounding his international team-mate’s exile.

Morata’s goals dried up though and he subsequently suffered a back problem which further derailed his campaign.

The 25-year-old has now opened up on the troubling period in his so-far short Chelsea career, admitting he should have taken time out.

“It has been a complicated year for me and I don’t think it’s been the best year for the team either,” Morata told Marca.

“I’ve gone through a tough year. It all started so well. Everybody loved me and I was scoring goals, but it’s different now.

“People say things to me on the street, but they don’t know what I’ve gone through. The person who does know what I’ve gone through is my wife.

“I would rather have torn a muscle and be out for three months than not know exactly what I had. I wanted to play and to keep scoring, but I couldn’t. I didn’t know what I had.

“I had to go several times to Germany to receive a treatment in which they put injections in my back.

“It hurt a lot and then I would have to return to London to train the next day. I think I made a mistake. I should have stopped playing.

“When you’re injured you’re injured and that’s that. You can maybe play one match, but you can’t carry on for a month.”

Morata has missed Chelsea’s last three games and will be hoping to bounce back in time for the FA Cup final later this month.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud thanks Arsene Wenger for Premier League chance

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud thanked former boss Arsene Wenger, telling SFR Sport he believes his fellow Frenchman will stay in the game after leaving Arsenal this summer.

Arsenal fans honoured Wenger for his 22 years at the club on Sunday as their team’s 5-0 win over Burnley marked his final home game in charge.

Giroud, who scored in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory against Liverpool, left Arsenal in January having fallen behind Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived from Borussia Dortmund, but he remains thankful to Wenger for signing him from Montpellier in 2012.

“Everyone knows how much I owe him for having given me the opportunity to fulfil my childhood dream,” Giroud said. “It wasn’t all easy, but he was always there and he has always supported me.

At the end, we were a bit disappointed to be leaving one another, but it was just the way life wants it to be.

“It’s bizarre to not see him at Arsenal anymore, but I think he’ll go somewhere else, because he wants to continue.

I have a lot of respect for what he has contributed to Arsenal, and he’s going to leave a huge void behind him. It’s the end of an era.”

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