Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will be out of action for more than one month after suffering grade two hamstring injury over the weekend.
The 24-year old Spaniard limped off in the first half of his side’s home clash with Manchester City in the English Premier League (EPL) and it turned out to be very costly for the champions who went on to lose 1-0 courtesy a belter from Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.
Morata joined Chelsea in a club record £60m from Real Madrid this summer and has been in fine form with 7 goals in 8 appearances.
According to Spanish team doctors, he was diagnosed with grade two myofascial injury and he will miss this week’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel.
Muscle injuries like the one Morata suffered can take four to eight weeks to recover from.
Spain are group G leaders and three points clear of Italy ahead of their final two European qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Alvaro Morata’s injury is a big blow for the Blues with the former Juventus striker now expected to miss games against Crystal Palace (October 14), AS Roma, Watford and Everton at least.