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Chelsea doesn't know when injured Alvaro Morata will return

Chelsea doesn't know when injured Alvaro Morata will return

Antonio Conte has admitted he is concerned about Alvaro Morata's back problem - and appeared to suggest the Chelsea striker could even miss the rest of the season.

Morata's absence coincides with a awful run of form for the Premier League champions that has piled the pressure on Conte and increased speculation that he could be removed from his post. "You know very well the importance of the player", the coach added.

Antonio Conte, who is now facing a serious backlash that is about costing him his job/career in Chelsea FC as a result of his club receiving a back-to-back heavy pounding in the Premier League, spent three glorious Seasons with Serie A giants Juventus.

Conte hopes defender Andreas Christensen will be fit to face West Brom after missing the loss at Watford with a hamstring injury. Conte upsets people. He wants you to play a certain way and he'll make you rock solid at the back.

Morata will nearly certainly miss Monday's match against West Brom, and has set his sights on a return against Hull City in the FA Cup on February 16.

'I don't know how long he will be out, ' said Conte. "I think in the future it will be very important to try (to create) a little space, a little room with the federation (Football Association) to try to give rest to the players", he said.

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Giroud was roped in by Conte from Arsenal after the club let go off Michy Batshuayi who signed for Borussia Dortmund on loan till the end of the season.

'Now the transfer market is finished, ' said Conte. It's right to look at the stats, but we have to take the stats in the right way.

Conte will likely use the strongest line-up that he has available to him after his side's form troubles and with an FA Cup game against Hull City coming up after West Brom.

Chelsea have suffered three defeats in their last four matches in all competitions, with Bournemouth and Watford prevailing by three-goal margins in their last two fixtures in the Premier League.

And that optimism paid off when the former Juventus head coach landed Chelsea a Premier League title in his debut season, which eventually led to even more optimism at the start of his second season with the club.

"I'm not thinking for only one moment about the possibility of going away from this club".

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