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Olivier Giroud set for first Chelsea start as Conte worries about Morata’s fitness

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Chelsea vs. West Bromwich, Premier League: Injury news

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Following two heart-crushing losses in the Premier League, Chelsea have the perfect opportunity to turn things around in their meeting with the last-placed side in the competition on Monday. As such, West Brom should also be the perfect opportunity to give a full debut to signings such as striker Olivier Giroud.

Surely Conte could once again implement the false-nine tactics that have not yielded the expected results lately. But he is not looking forward to repeating these “mistakes” once again.

Gladly, he will have almost every player in the squad available, as Pedro was not injured after leaving our Watford match with an apparent knock, and Andreas Christensen could be back to full fitness following his recent hamstring injury. Only midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko, who is suspended due to the double yellow card received in the Watford encounter, and striker Álvaro Morata are out.

Speaking of Morata, the Spaniard’s situation continues to greatly worry Conte, who is not certain on when our first-choice centre-forward will be fit again as his back injury remains an issue. It also explains a lot of our chase for a new striker throughout the January transfer window.

“Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time. I don’t know how long he will be out.”

”We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. I don’t know. For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”

-Antonio Conte; Source: London Evening Standard

A speedy recovery is all we are waiting for Morata and his now long-standing back problems. But in the meantime, hopefully Giroud shows himself to be a good, even if only temporary, answer to our goalscoring woes.