Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will miss the midweek match against Huddersfield on Tuesday because of a back injury and tiredness, according to Antonio Conte.
The Spain hitman, who has 10 goals to his name this season, will miss the trip up north after playing the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Chelsea fell to a 1-0 defeat at West Ham – their fourth defeat of the season.
The Chelsea coach confirmed that his leading scorer would be missing: “Morata is out. He is a bit tired and he has a problem in his back.
“I think when you play every three days, it is impossible to have a training session and to work on the physical aspects. It’s impossible because you have to prepare with the players for a game every three days.
“I think we have to face the reality and will try to do our best. If I stay here to complain it is not the right way. We have to try to do our best.
“For sure it is difficult because to face a game every three days is not simple, especially if your squad is not big, but at the same time, we have to face this situation.
“Some players can be tired, that’s normal because some players are playing from this summer and our tours in China and Singapore.
“But I repeat we have to find the best solution. We have to find more rotations. I’m doing this, we will try and do our best with hunger and desire. We will fight.”
David Luiz, who is still recovering from a knee injury, will also miss out while Danny Drinkwater will travel with the squad after recovering from illness.
“We are facing a team in a good moment of form. In the last game they played a great game against Brighton,” said Conte.
“We must pay great attention to the counter-attack because they have fast players.
“They are in a good moment of form and we must be very good to be more clinical in this game, because in the recent period we weren’t clinical.”