Antonio Conte has confirmed that Alvaro Morata is unavailable for Chelsea’s trip to Huddersfield on Tuesday night due to fatigue and a minor back injury.

Morata is currently the Blues’ leading scorer, having netted nine times in the League this season. Morata missed two-and-a-half weeks with a hamstring injury earlier in the season and Antonio Conte will once again be without the Spain international for the trip to the Kirklees Stadium.

As reported by Standard Sport, Conte confirmed:

“Morata is out, because he’s a bit tired and there is a problem in his back.”


David Luiz is once again ruled out with a knee problem, but Danny Drinkwater is available for selection – following a fever that kept him out of the Blues’ 1-0 loss to London rivals West Ham – and has been included in the travelling squad. However, Conte has described his condition as “not at the top,” which could result in the Englishman starting on the bench.

The Chelsea boss will now have to play either Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi or deploy Eden Hazard as a ‘false nine,’ and it is perhaps likely that the Italian will go with his preferred choice of Eden Hazard as a false nine, flanked by Pedro and Willian either side such has been his lack of trust in Batshuayi as a starter.

If correct, that would see a return to the 3-4-3 formation with Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante the likely pairing in the middle of the park. The wider formation would perhaps suit Chelsea better for a game they are expected to win in comparison to the more solid 3-5-2, though Conte will no doubt still be wary of the threat Huddersfield pose at home having beaten Manchester United and close to upsetting league leaders Manchester City.