Injuries are a part of any team’s season whether it’s in Non-League or the Premier League, with managers having to deal with frustrating setbacks throughout each and every campaign.
One top-flight boss who is now having to plan ahead without one of his key assets is Chelsea tactician Antonio Conte, who has recently been hit with the news that star striker and summer signing Alvaro Morata faces a long spell on the sidelines.
The Spain international frontman has been in sublime scoring form since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer from Spanish champions and giants Real Madrid, who had previously recaptured him from Serie A titans Juventus.
Morata has struck seven times so far in the Premier League since his big-money move from his native Spain during the summer transfer window. But during the 1-0 defeat to fellow title challengers Manchester City, the 24-year-old was forced off proceedings after sustaining a sickening hamstring injury during play.
The in-form attacker will, therefore, be missing for the Blues for some time, an injury which has annoyed his boss Conte after the Italian coach was unable to sign further forward acquisitions in the past summer.
As well as this, Chelsea offloaded out-of-favour and controversial figure Diego Costa in recent weeks, as the Brazilian-born Spain international goalscorer agreed to return to former club Atletico Madrid. That leaves Conte now short on options, as Costa continues to regain fitness in the background before being able to don the Atleti shirt once again in January.
Diego Simeone will need all the help he can get in his battle to dethrone Real Madrid and contest with other giants Barcelona in Spain’s top tier division this current campaign following a slow start to the season.
In the La Liga betting with bet365, Costa’s new employers Atletico Madrid are seen at 20/1 outsiders to reign supreme once again at the top of the table come next May. But they face a tough task on Spanish soil with Barca looking strong early on in the term.
Meanwhile, back in London, Chelsea have a tough test ahead of them too in their respective division, with the Manchester clubs looking seemingly dominant so far in the early stages in the English top-flight.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are sitting pretty and comfortable at the summit of the standings at this early point of the season, while Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues are hot on their trail and scoring for fun so far. Both teams have a host of impressive attacking options on hand to see them compete throughout the term, while Chelsea are hoping star man Morata can make a swift recovery and return to their squad as soon as possible.
Even without Spanish poacher Morata, the Blues have a strong side capable of winning games, but his clinical nature up front has proved to be decisive so far in crucial clashes in the Premier League.
If the Londoners can manage without his attacking services in the meantime, it will set them strongly when Morata finally returns from the annoying hamstring injury setback.by