Alvaro Morata pulled from Spain squad with hamstring injury


Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has withdrawn from national team duties after the Spanish Football Federation announced he had suffered a myofascial injury to his hamstring.

Alvaro Morata could be on the sidelines for as long as a month, which comes as a huge blow for Chelsea after the Spaniard’s prolific start to life in England – scoring six times in seven Premier League games.

The Spaniard came off just before the break in Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, an action which manager Antonio Conte claims was precautionary and done in order to prevent any further damage.

Alvaro Morata was assessed by Spain at the Sanitas University hospital of La Moraleja in Madrid, identifying a myofascial injury, which usually requires a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Alvaro Morata, Andres Iniesta and Dani Carvajal have been replaced with La Liga trio Aritz Aduriz, Alvaro Odriozola and Jonathan Viera for Spain’s final two World Cup qualifying fixtures against Albania and Isreal. Spain are three points clear of Italy at the top of Group G and will all but guarantee direct qualification to the 2018 World Cup with a home victory over Albania.

As for Spain, Alvaro Morata is one of three players who required replacing following withdrawals from Andres Iniesta and Dani Carvajal.

The Barcelona maestro is struggling with a hamstring injury of his own, while the Real Madrid defender was ruled out with a heart problem – though it is not believed to be anything serious at this point.


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