Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will miss out for playing in the next six weeks, after his hamstring injury was discovered to be even worse than first feared.
The 24-year-old limped off the pitch in the 35th minute as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge by their title rivals Manchester City.
The Spanish Football Federation have confirmed has suffered a grade two hamstring tear, which is expected to keep him out for at least the whole of October and could be longer.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, had hoped the former Real Madrid striker, would be available after the international break.
Morata will get treatment at Cobham Training Centre while most of his Chelsea team-mates are away with their national teams. Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard are expected to play in Morata’s role up front in his absence.
Morata could miss two Champions League games against Roma and Premier League clashes against Crystal Palace, Watford, Everton and Bournemouth,he will also miss this week’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and Israel.
This is a big chunk with attacking options with Michy Batshuayi their only back up.