Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata sent an optimistic message to his fans on Tuesday via social media, posting a photo of himself in a Chelsea training top on Twitter with the message: “I have no time to lose! Working hard towards recovery! Crystal Palace.”
The tweet was later deleted and at the moment there is no confirmation how long the striker will be sidelined due to the injury sustained in the Blues’ 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The Spain international pulled up with a hamstring injury 35 minutes into the game at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte later said the Spaniard had sustained a muscular problem and had asked to be substituted as a precautionary measure, at which point Conte introduced Willian in his place.
However, after travelling to Madrid, the Spanish Football Federation at the Sanitas University Hospital of La Moraleja carried out an MRI scan and a grade II myofascial injury in the hamstring muscles was diagnosed.
With this kind of injury, it was originally thought the 24-year-old would miss up to six matches in all competitions, but Chelsea are eager to reassess the leg injury themselves. An absence of this length could seriously impact Chelsea’s Champions League hopes and Chelsea are hoping the damage is not as extensive as that suggested by the Spanish Football Association.
Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid last summer for a club record of £70million and is their top scorer so far this season, having scored seven goals in his nine appearances so far, including an impressive treble against Stoke.
The Blues, who currently sit six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, next play on the 14th October at Crystal Palace in the first of six games in 18 days in which they will play Roma, Watford, Everton and Bournemouth.