SARRI GIVES UPDATE ON MORATA’S INJURY

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Alvaro Morata started against Vidi on Thursday night, but the striker was withdrawn just before half-time in Chelsea’s Europa League Group L game with the Hungarian club.

Morata went down with a painful-looking knock to his knee and seemed to be in distress as he left the field. He was replaced with Olivier Giroud, who went on to score a late equaliser for the Blues.

There were fears that the injury could keep him out for a long period of time, but Maurizio Sarri has insisted that the injury isn’t serious as feared.

Sarri said: “The first impression of the doctor is maybe it is not a serious injury.”

“But, of course, with this situation we have to wait and wait until tomorrow I think to see if the situation is serious,” he added.

Morata has struggled since moving to Chelsea for a then club record fee of £60m, and the Spaniard who at one time looked to have picked form this season, is now struggling for form and confidence once again.

The Spain international was dropped for Chelsea’s game against Manchester City, as Maurizio Sarri opted for a front three of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Morata didn’t even make the bench, with Olivier Giroud the only striker named in the substitute list.

Sarri however insisted that Morata is part of his plans, despite dropping him against City.

He said: “But I think it’s normal choice for this kind of match. I don’t know if in Brighton we will play in the same way or not, maybe not.

“I don’t know but I think that Alvaro is able to understand that it is only tactical decision, not the final choice.

“We thought that for the first time in the season there was the possibility to have more spaces, and so we wanted to try with Eden because for the first time there was the possibility to play in counter-attacks.

“Hazard, Pedro and Willian are really very suitable for this kind of playing, so I think it’s a normal choice.

“I think that it’s really a very good option and maybe we will try it again in the future, especially for some matches.”

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