Chelsea puzzled over Morata injury

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It became apparent that he had been suffering from a persistent back problem in January and, after the FA Cup replay penalty shoot-out win over Norwich in which he was red-carded, it was finally decided that Morata needed time off once his suspension was served.

"I don't know because he has this problem and we tried a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back", Conte said. If you ask me if [he will be out] one day, one month, the rest of the season I don't know.

"He's a fantastic player and he'll score a lot of goals for us, I'm sure". If he's good enough for Kobe Bryant, he's certainly good enough for us!

Chelsea FC will take on FC Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month.

When providing an update on Morata's injury, Conte admitted that he is unsure when the Spanish forward will be able to fully return to his best.

The Spaniard has missed four games through a back injury, and according to his Blues coach, it may be worse than initially feared for Chelsea's first-choice striker.

"For this reason, I'm a bit anxious".

Eden Hazard has dropped a major hint about moving to Real Madrid.

"I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me", Morata told Espacio Reservado.

"For this reason I'm a bit anxious because you know very well the importance of the player". But Madrid is always Madrid'.

Speaking to Marca, he said that "In football you never know".

Prior to his injury, the 25-year-old had netted 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances and despite being far from prolific, certainly improved the balance of the defending champions' squad.

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