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Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

'Messi can't be stopped' - Morata calls for defensive Chelsea approach against Barca

'Messi can't be stopped' - Morata calls for defensive Chelsea approach against Barca

Morata, who has not scored since Boxing Day past year, is now struggling with a back problem and Antonio Conte has said that he is unsure when the striker will return to action.

In his press conference on Friday, Conte: 'He has this problem, we are trying to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me, he needs a month, a day, two months, the rest of the season.

'Players like Morata - that for us are important - are missing for a long period. If he's good enough for Kobe Bryant, he's certainly good enough for us!

Crucial to Chelsea's chances of finishing in the Champions League places come the end of the season is the fitness of Alvaro Morata.

These are not the best of times for Álvaro Morata, in fact it's arguably the most testing moment he's been through since joining Chelsea last summer.

A frustrated Antonio Conte revealed on Friday that his talisman will be lucky to play again this term as a niggling back injury persists with the Spanish global.

He told Espacio Reservado: 'I have to respect Chelsea who have made a great effort for me.

The Spanish striker has also been ruled out of West Brom's visit to the Bridge on Monday night, where the champions will look to get back on track after a run of poor performances. For this season, I am a bit anxious. "You know very well the importance of the player", the coach added.

"I'm happy at Chelsea, and focused on them", the Belgian added.

The Spain worldwide made a strong start to life in England, scoring eight times in his first 11 Premier League appearances following a €65million move from Real Madrid. But Madrid is always Madrid'.

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