Alvaro Morata faces a layoff of up to two months after suffering a grade two hamstring injury in the Blues’ defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The news will come as a crushing blow to Chelsea fans, as the striker has been in red-hot form ever since his club-record transfer from Real Madrid this summer. The Spaniard has seven goals to his name in all competitions so far, and was recently adjudged to be the “deadliest” striker in Europe.
However, the 24-year-old limped off the Stamford Bridge pitch at the weekend, and the Spanish national side’s doctors have diagnosed the problem as a grade two myofascial injury, ruling Morata out of his country’s World Cup qualifiers with Albania and Israel.
Chelsea will be hoping their star striker will return within four weeks, although an injury of this nature could leave Morata on the sidelines for up to eight weeks.
The goalscoring hopes of Blues fans now rests firmly on the shoulders of Michy Batshuayi, with the Belgian being the only fully-fit out-and-out forward in the Chelsea first-team ranks.