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Maurizio Sarri is waiting for news on the severity of the injury that Morata suffered in Chelsea’s last Europa League group game against Mol Vidi in Hungary on Thursday.

Olivier Giroud replaced the Spaniard in the first half of the game and went on to score the equalizer for the Blues to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition.

Chelsea are now going into the demanding period of the Premier League season with the upcoming rush of December fixtures and will need all their key men to be available.

If Morata is ruled out for a lengthy period, Giroud will definitely be fatigued in the upcoming games.

Sarri said: “The first impression of the doctor (is) maybe it is not a serious injury.

“But, of course, with this situation we have to wait and wait until tomorrow I think to see if the situation is serious.”

It can be recalled that Sarri outlined the difficulty of keeping his players motivated ahead of the inconsequential game from a Chelsea perspective.

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Meanwhile, Ethan Ampadu put in a performance he’ll be eager to forget in a hurry after scoring an own goal to enable the home side draw level and cancel out Willian’s freekick goal.

Mol Vidi then raced into the lead in the 56th minutes after a brilliant volley by Loic Nego. Olivier Giroud scored a free-kick with 15 minutes to go to ensure that the Blues avoided an embarrassing defeat.

Sarri added: “We made a lot of mistakes from the tactical point of view. I am very happy with the character and with the reaction from the second goal.

“On the pitch there was a lot of young players so it wasn’t easy to react.

“From the tactical point of view we made a lot of mistakes. We lost a lot of ball. We can manage the ball better I think. At the end, especially with the young players I am satisfied with the character.”

Speaking about Ampadu’s own goal, Sarri said: “It is not the fault of Ampadu. I think he played a very good match, especially in a team like this.”

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“I am really very happy with Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Of course they need to improve in every way, tactically and technically, but they are in the right way.”

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