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Monday, December 11, 2017

Morata out of Chelsea's trip to Huddersfield

Antonio Conte has confirmed that Alvaro Morata won't travel for Chelsea's trip to Huddersfield on Tuesday evening with the striker battling fatigue and a back problem.

Morata played the full 90 minutes against West Ham on Saturday afternoon despite having had a virus before the clash, as his side lost 1-0 thanks to a Marko Arnautovic strike.

Conte then declared Chelsea's title hopes are over after seeing his side lose their fourth game in 16 matches in the Premier League, falling 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.

The Italian has since revealed Morata will play no part in the Blues' clash against Huddersfield but Danny Drinkwater could return after recovering from an illness.

Chelsea will now start with either Michy Batshuayi or Hazard up front at the John Smith's Stadium in Yorkshire. Chelsea's preview for their clash against newly promoted Huddersfield was overshadowed slightly by the announcement of the Champions League round of 16 draw on Monday.

Barcelona will be Chelsea's opponents in the knockout round and, despite drawing a tough opponent, Conte thinks that an English team could win the competition - as five Premier League clubs remain in Europe's elite competition.

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