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Sarri faces anxious wait for Morata injury update

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Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri will find out later today the full extent of Alvaro Morata’s knee injury from their 2-2 Europa League draw against MOL Vidi

The Spanish striker was withdrawn in the first-half with Olivier Giroud coming on in his place in Budapest as Chelsea finished their Group L campaign on Thursday.

A free-kick from Willian handed Chelsea the lead before Ethan Ampadu’s own goal put things back level between the two sides with Loic Nego then handing Vidi the lead with a 56th-minute volley.

But Giroud’s stunning free-kick, later on, ensured that Chelsea would finish Group L unbeaten after six games.

However, for Sarri, the main concern now is on Morata’s availability for this month with Chelsea still having another five matches left to play.

“The first reaction of the doctor is that maybe it’s not a very serious injury,” said Sarri on the club website.

“In this kind of situation, we have to wait until tomorrow to be sure the injury is not serious.”

The Italian made 10 changes to the starting line-up for the game in Hungary and was left satisfied with his young squad.

“We made a lot of mistakes from a tactical point of view, but I am very happy with the character, with our reaction to their second goal,” added Sarri.

“On the pitch, there were a lot of young players so it wasn’t easy to react. We made mistakes: we lost a lot of balls, we could have used the ball better, but in the end, I am satisfied with the performance, especially from the young players.”

Chelsea will travel to Brighton for next game in the Premier League on Sunday.