Chelsea have been dealt a blow after the Spanish Football Federation said Álvaro Morata had sustained a myofascial injury to his hamstring muscles, an injury which could keep the forward out for more than a month.
Morata, who has scored six goals in seven Premier League games for his new club, pulled up 10 minutes before half‑time in the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, complaining of discomfort in his left thigh.
Antonio Conte suggested Morata’s withdrawal had been precautionary and an attempt to ensure he did not sustain a more serious complaint. He added post‑match that he envisaged Morata pulling out of the Spain squad in order to undergo treatment at Cobham.
Spain conducted their own tests on the 24-year-old on Sunday at the Sanitas University hospital of La Moraleja in Madrid, where a scan apparently revealed the myofascial injury. That implies the damage has not been sustained to the tendon or any ligaments but to the area immediately around the muscle, with recovery time usually between four to six weeks.