Spanish and Chelsea star striker Alvaro Morata picked up a nasty back injury at the start of the season and he was almost ruled out of the entire season. Antonio Conte has revealed the full extent of the injury that almost kept Morata on the recovery pane, this is according to report.
After Morata joined Chelsea, he exceeded expectation and enjoyed a barnstorming form as he scored in almost every game he appeared in. However, his good season was scuppered by a back injury and there were speculations that that time that he will not play for the rest of this season.
To the delight of Antonio Conte, the Spanish goal poacher made his comeback but his place in the final third of Chelsea became uncertain as former Arsenal star Olivier Giroud presented a huge competition to him.
Morata scored against Leicester City in the FA Cup and that is his first in this calendar year. Albeit Chelsea are struggling this term, the presence and fitness of Morata is a positive for the Blues.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s game with Tottenham, Conte recalled what happened with Morata.
“He needed to rest, and then to have hard sessions of work to find the best physical condition to prepare himself for the final weeks of the season,” Conte said.
“He had this problem in his back. It was a serious problem because I didn’t know how long his recovery it would take: one day, one month, the whole season.
“He solved the problem; our medical department was very good to get him in the best physical condition to solve this problem.
“At the start of this period, he continued to feel a bit of pain in his back, but now he is ready. He is totally fit.”
Conte has been criticised for playing Hazard as his lead attack but we are unlikely to see that happen tomorrow when they clash with Tottenham.