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Alvaro Morata faces 6 weeks out injured: The good, the bad, the terrible

Wednesday 4th October 2017
It's happened to Chelsea. Their worst fears have become a stark reality. Star striker, Alvaro Morata, will be sidelined for nearly two months! Let's take a look at what it means for Chelsea; so many negatives, but are there positives or in-betweens?
When Alvaro Morata substituted himself in Chelsea's 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend, everyone thought it was precautionary or at least not too serious. He gingerly walked off the pitch – wasn't carried off, neither was he limping heavily – he walked off! Hence, it was easy for both fans and management to believe his injury wasn't severe, perhaps a couple of days rest and some massages would be enough.

It was, however, a rude awakening for the Chelsea faithful when MRI scans by Spanish national team doctors revealed that the Stamford Bridge poster boy had suffered a grade II hamstring injury. The Madrid doctors prognosis revealed that Alvaro Morata will most certainly miss no less than six weeks of competitive action.

The chilling report means, the 24-year-old forward has played his last football for the month of October. If Chelsea is lucky, he could be back in time to face Manchester United on 5th November.

I wouldn't want to be in Antonio Conte's shoes right now, last night's news is nothing short of devastating. From Morata's injury, here's a look at:

The good



It's difficult to see any good from such a sad situation. Chelsea, as a team, will rue Morata's absence every time a chance goes begging. However, Morata's injury is good for one man, Michy Batshuayi. A big shadow has just been lifted off him. With Morata in the mix, he was always going to second fiddle, nothing more than an impact substitute. Without Morata, Antonio Conte's hand is forced. He can't continue to play Willian off Hazard like he did against Manchester City.

Despite the few minutes he's played this term in Morata's shadow, Batshuayi has plundered an impressive five goals; perhaps he can add to that figure before Morata regains match fitness. It's a big opportunity for the Belgian to step up, which is good for his career.

The bad



Timing. Just when Chelsea was beginning to find some steam; they get hit by, first, a big game defeat, worse, an injury to their star striker. It does nothing but slows them down. It doesn't help matters that Chelsea has only one other recognised number 9. It's a bad injury coming at a bad time for Antonio Conte's team.
Morata's injury comes at a time when Chelsea need to turn around that defeat to City and claw their way up the League standings. Morata also misses a crucial Champions League game against Roma.

Morata's injury isn't just bad for Chelsea, it's also bad news for Spain. The Spaniard has scored three goals in World Cup qualifying for his country – they needed him to help wrap up group G, where Italy is breathing down their neck, just three points away.

The terrible



Morata's injury could prove terrible for Chelsea if they do not turn their fortunes around pretty quickly. They are already six points behind both Manchester clubs and few more draws or defeats could be disastrous for their title defence.

For Morata, he's been stopped in his tracks just when he was beginning to relish his new challenge on English soil. Six weeks away injured could knock him out of the running for the Golden Boot – if Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane continue their impressive goalscoring run.

The Chelsea faithful must now hinge their hopes on a smooth recovery process for Morata and that this seemingly harmless injury doesn't ruin their season.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.


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