Alvaro Morata has admitted he was wrong to try and play through the pain barrier earlier in the season.
The Chelsea striker is fighting his way back to full fitness and his recent absence had caused a frontman crisis at Stamford Bridge as January signing Olivier Giroud was the only fit goalscorer.
Morata has invited the scorn of Chelsea fans, not only for his injury woes, but for some missed chances in several big games.
The Spaniard missed sitters against Arsenal in the EFL Cup and Morata has been guilty of regularly passing up goal-scoring opportunities in recent months.
Morata’s form has infuriated Chelsea fans, but the £70million man explained it was his injury problems that caused his shooting woes.
‘He is the one who bets on me and that’s the truth,’ Morata told Movistar about Antonio Conte.
‘Chelsea is a big club, a club that has given me the opportunity to play as a starter, to grow even more,” Morata told Movistar. “It’s a team where I’m very happy, where I started well until I had some physical problems.
‘I made a mistake in that respect as I played with pain [earlier this season].
‘I went through a poor spell where I missed important goals but I wasn’t well physically and mentally.
Chelsea 2017/18 Fixtures
Hull City – FA Cup (H) – Fri Feb 16
Barcelona – Champions League (H) – Tues Feb 20
Manchester United (A) – Sun Feb 25
Manchester City (A) – Sun March 4
Crystal Palace (H) – Sat March 10
Barcelona – Champions League – (A) – Wed March 14
Burnley (A) – Sat March 17
‘I have to grit my teeth and do all that I can to return. We have the Champions League tie [against Barcelona].’
Morata returned from the back injury to play 29 minutes against West Brom on Monday and grabbed an assist in the 3-0 win.
Chelsea fans will be praying Morata rediscovers the goalscoring touch that had yielded six goals in his first seven Premier League games.
The Blues have a crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona next week, and Chelsea will need Morata firing on all cylinders if they are to upset the odds and progress to the quarter-finals.
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