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Álvaro Morata absence for Chelsea adds to Antonio Conte’s problems

• Striker misses Premier League game against Huddersfield
• ‘He is out, because he’s a bit tired and there is a problem in his back’

Álvaro Morata will miss Chelsea’s match at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night because of a mixture of injury and fatigue, with Antonio Conte increasingly concerned by the strain a hectic schedule is placing on his first-team resources.

The striker was distinctly off-colour during the 1-0 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday, having struggled in the preceding week through illness and a knock sustained in training. Chelsea’s top scorer, with 10 goals, has had to shoulder a heavy burden up front during his first Premier League season in the absence of alternatives Conte trusts, but is now in line for an enforced rest that will inconvenience his manager.

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