Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has revealed that Alvaro Morata will miss Tuesday’s Premier League clash at Huddersfield Town with fatigue and a back problem.
Morata played the full 90 minutes in their 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, despite having had a virus before the clash.
Conte has now confirmed the Spain striker will not be available for selection this midweek, while Danny Drinkwater could return after recovering from an illness.
“Morata is out because he’s a bit tired and there is a problem in his back. He is out. Drinkwater started a training session yesterday after the fever and is coming with us.
“But, for sure, after three or four days with a fever, his physical condition is not at the top. [David] Luiz is continuing to recover from his knee [injury]. I think when you play every three days it is impossible to have a training session and to work on the physical aspects.
“It’s impossible because you have to prepare with the players for a game every three days. For example, we played against West Ham on Saturday and yesterday the group that played against West Ham were rested.
“Then today we had just 50 minutes of training for the players who played against West Ham to prepare for Huddersfield. It is normal that you play with the same players and then they also lose some physical condition. It is normal,” the Blues boss stated.
Chelsea will now start with either Michy Batshuayi or Hazard up front at the John Smith’s Stadium in Yorkshire.