ZOLA PROVIDES INJURY UPDATE ON MORATA AND HAZARD

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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata picked up a knee injury in the 2-2 draw against MOL Vidi last Thursday in the Europa League. He was unavailable for Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Brighton on Sunday.

Eden Hazard came off in Sunday’s win at Brighton after picking up an injury due to a rash challenge by Brighton’s Stephens.

Ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarter final match against Bournemouth on Wednesday, Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola revealed Morata is still unavailable for selection while a decision is still to be made on whether or not Hazard will feature against Bournemouth.

“No I don’t think so,” Zola responded, when asked if Morata would be available.

“He twisted his knee against Vidi. I don’t think it will take long but he won’t be in contention tomorrow.

“Eden has a knock in his foot and we are assessing him, I think we will decide today.

“Obviously Hazard is one of our best players so to have him available is a big deal but we don’t want to compromise anything.

“We will see how the fitness test goes today.”

With Morata unavailable, Olivier Giroud is expected to start against Bournemouth tomorrow after being benched in Chelsea’s last two Premier League games with Maurizio Sarri preferring Eden Hazard in the number nine role.

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