Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is targeting an immediate return to action despite hobbling off during his side’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, after the club decided to conduct their own tests on the player.
The Spain international pulled up with a hamstring injury at Stamford Bridge after just 35 minutes and an original MRI scan, carried out by the Spanish Football Federation at the Sanitas University Hospital of La Moraleja in Madrid, diagnosed ‘a grade II myofascial injury in the hamstring muscles’.
It was thought this could see the 24-year-old miss up to six matches in all competitions for Antonio Conte’s side, with that type of strain typically keeping a player out of action for up to four weeks.
Conte and Blues fans alike will be praying their main threat makes a swift recovery, with Michy Batshuayi left as their only fit and recognised centre forward.
The Chelsea boss opted to throw on another midfielder during their defeat by City when the Spaniard was forced to come off, introducing Willian and leaving the Belgian on the bench.
Any injury to Morata will be keenly felt at Stamford Bridge with another top striker having recently departed in the form of Diego Costa.
The Spain international returned to Atletico Madrid in a £57.5m deal and boss Diego Simeone admitted he was delighted with the signing when speaking to Spanish radio on Tuesday.
Asked if Costa is the ideal forward for Atleti, Simeone told Cadena Ser: ‘Of the players of his level he is the one for us. Another one of that level or better and we would not be able to afford.’