When not giving interviews to anger those who are or want to be quick to anger, Alvaro Morata is working hard to get over his mystery back ailment that has kept him out for the last month and possibly affected him even longer — and, perhaps, if you’re feeling generous towards him, helps put his inexplicable struggles in front of goal in a slightly different light as well.
In what is far more concerning than some random, banal words about Chelsea and Real Madrid, Morata’s injury remains without a proper prognosis or timeline for recovery, with Antonio Conte casually bringing up the possibility that Morata could miss even the rest of the season.
“We’re struggling a lot to find the solution to the pain in his back. If you ask me if [he will be out] one day, one month, the rest of the season I don’t know. For this reason I’m a bit worried.”
-Antonio Conte; source: ESPN
Fortunately, if reports in Spain are to be believed, it won’t come to that for Chelsea’s record signing. Madrid-based Marca report that Morata (as well as an unnamed Chelsea physio) have been working with specialist back doctor to the stars, Peter Wehling at the Center for Molecular Orthoapedics and Regenerative Medicine in Dusseldorf. If he’s good enough for Kobe Bryant, he’s certainly good enough for us!
Meanwhile, Goal’s Madrid-based reporter Alberto Pinero claims that Morata is hoping to be back fit for Chelsea’s biggest match of the season, the Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Barcelona in two weeks, and perhaps even as early as next weekend’s FA Cup match against Hull City.
Certainly sounds better than being out for the rest of the season!