Boost for Antonio Conte as injured star striker eyes a return to action against AS Roma

Boost for Antonio Conte as injured star striker eyes a return to action against AS Roma

- Alvaro Morata has resumed full training after injury layoff

- He is expected to start against Roma after recovering from injury

- Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat against Crystal Palace

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is likely to be in the starting lineup of Chelsea just three weeks after a hamstring injury that the Chelsea media team feared would rule him out for at least four weeks.

Morata, 24, has returned to full training signaling a return to the starting lineup against Seria A side, A.S Roma.

Alvaro Morata set to start against Roma after injury layoff

Alvaro Morata set to start against Roma after injury layoff (photo: Chelsea FC)

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists he has no choice but to risk the fitness of his injury-hit squad as he counts the cost of Chelsea's mismanaged summer.

The 48-year-old is known to have been disappointed with the way Chelsea's summer transfer window unfolded, feeling his squad is not deep enough to compete, particularly given the added workload from qualifying for the Champions League.

And the Chelsea gaffer has raised further question marks over the strength of his squad ahead of Champions League visit of Roma on Wednesday, October 18.

Alvaro Morata set to start against Roma after injury layoff

Morata is set to start in Champions League clash against A.S Roma (photo: Chelsea FC)

Key men N'Golo Kante and Victor Moses will also miss the game through their own hamstring injuries.

And Conte said: "We know very well our situation. For sure, when there are injuries of this type, to important players, for sure it's very difficult for us.

"But there is this situation and now we must be very good to overcome and try to do our best. For sure, it's not simple when you don't have a lot of players like Morata, Kante or now Moses out.

"The problem is we are playing always the same players. And also we have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week. Kante, it's the first time for him to play three games in a week. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it's the first time to play regularly for his team.

"When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks. Sometimes the players need to rest instead.

"The situation is difficult. We have to play every three days, and it's not simple. Also because, in this moment, we are thin and we have to play always the same players.

"Honestly, there is this type of risk to have other injuries. I hope not. But the best way, now, for us is to follow and go game by game, and then to decide every game which is the best formation, and sometimes to take risks or not about our players."

Conte, though, insists he will not be taking a risk with Morata's hamstring if he decides to start him against Roma.

"I could have taken risks on Saturday and forced him to play against Crystal Palace but I'm not so stupid. I'm not taking a risk if I decide Morata can play. For sure."

Marcos Alonso believes team-mate Morata will be back to his best after missing Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park.

The left wing back added: "Alvaro is ready. He's been training really well. I don't know if he will make the starting line-up but if he plays I'm sure he will be as good as the start of the season."

Chelsea are set face a stiff battle at Stamford bridge as they welcome Seria A giants A.S Roma in Champions League tie on Wednesday, October 18

Source: Yen.com.gh

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