Blow for Chelsea as Alvaro Morata injury worse than first feared

Blow for Chelsea as Alvaro Morata injury worse than first feared

But in confirming that Morata had pulled out of the Spain squad for the games against Albania and Israel, the Spanish Federation revealed the 24-year-old had undergone an MRI scant that revealed a grade two injury.

Spain lead Group G by three points from Italy and one win from their final two games is likely to be enough to qualify automatically for next year's tournament in Russian Federation.

The Spain global limped off during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat against Manchester City on Saturday evening.

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

He explained to 888sport: "I still think that Chelsea have quite a lot of depth and they remain title challengers".

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Spain have confirmed the injury after the player was assessed in a Madrid hospital. He said to me: "Coach I prefer to stop, otherwise I risk having a bad injury", the Chelsea boss said in the press conference following the defeat to City.

"The doctor now has to check the situation but I don't think he's available for the national team".

Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to the hamstring injury suffered against Manchester City on Saturday.

Morata was examined at a Madrid hospital after reporting for global duty, and an MRI...

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