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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte worried by Álvaro Morata’s struggle to recover

• Conte does not know how long striker will be out with back injury
• Álvaro Morata a doubt for Champions League ties with Barcelona

Antonio Conte has admitted serious concerns over when Álvaro Morata will be fit to return from a troublesome back injury and cast doubt over the Spaniard’s involvement in Chelsea’s Champions League ties against Barcelona.

The club record signing, who cost an initial £58m from Real Madrid last summer and has scored 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances, first complained of discomfort more than three weeks ago and has not featured since being sent off in extra time in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich in mid-January. Chelsea’s medical staff continue to explore different ways to treat the pain but Morata has failed to respond to the treatment.

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Antonio Conte will not resign as pressure builds on Chelsea manager

  • Italian prepares for West Brom match next week
  • Club insist its business as usual as problems mount up

Antonio Conte has no intention of resigning at Chelsea despite his team’s recent dismal run and expects to oversee the game against West Bromwich Albion next week, though the Italian has agreed to his players’ request for extra time off to recharge their batteries amid a draining schedule. The ailing champions endured a second successive three-goal defeat at Watford on Monday to leave the head coach, who was always expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer, battling to retain his position in the short term.

Chelsea have denied reports in Spain that their director Marina Granovskaia has met the former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique about succeeding Conte and insist it remains business as usual at the club despite only two wins in 10 games since the turn of the year.

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José Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte in escalating war of words

• United manager raises Chelsea rival’s ban for failing to report match-fixing
• Conte, whose ban was overturned, had said Mourinho needs a health check

José Mourinho has raised the ante on Antonio Conte, appearing to reference the Chelsea manager’s four-month ban for failing to report alleged match-fixing by stating he would never be banned for the practice.

Manchester United’s manager was responding to his Chelsea counterpart’s suggestion that Mourinho is acting as if he has “demenza senile”, which in turn was a response to Mourinho saying he did not have to “behave as a clown on the touchline” to prove his passion for United – which was interpreted as an attack on Conte. In August 2012 Conte, then in charge of Juventus, began a four-month ban for failing to report the alleged match-fixing when head coach of Siena during the 2010-11 season. The Italian was completely exonerated in May 2016.

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