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Huge boost for Chelsea as key man looks set to return from injury

Injury

Chelsea star Alvaro Morata has handed the club a major boost in terms of his fitness if the latest post on his Twitter account is to be believed, with the player claiming he’s back and ready to train with the club once more after being out for some time.

 

It could well be the case that Morata is building up his fitness again after being out for so long, and according to manager Conte, he doesn’t know when the player will be back and ready to take part again – though Chelsea will almost certainly be hoping the player is ready for their second leg against Barcelona, if not their first.

It seems there’s no set date for him to return from injury, with Conte cryptic at best when speaking about a set timeline.

On Friday Conte had said: “We are talking a lot about bad results, but sometimes we forget we are facing a serious situation. Players like Morata, for us, are very important and have been missing for a long period of time.

“I don’t know how long he will be out. We are struggling a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back. If you ask me whether he needs a day, a month or the rest of the season, I don’t know. I don’t know.

For this reason, I’m a bit worried. You know very well the importance of the player.”

Real Madrid

One thing Morata has been talking about is his former club Real Madrid, who have been linked with Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois in recent months, and it seems that while the forward was happy to put his thanks to Chelsea on record, the main point of his comments was to make it clear that Madrid will always be his home and a key club for him – another thing that Chelsea fans may worry about.

 

Leeds United tipped for tempting 60/1 return at Sheffield United

Leeds United tipped for tempting 60/1 return at Sheffield United – originally posted on Sportslens.com

David Prutton believes Leeds United can kick-off Paul Heckingbottom’s reign as manager with a point at Sheffield United this weekend.

Heckingbottom quit his role at Barnsley to take over from Thomas Christiansen at Elland Road and the 40-year-old faces a big task to get the club back in the Championship play-off picture.

Leeds are currently seven points behind the top six with 16 games to play, but Prutton has tipped them to to pick up a draw at Bramhall Lane on Saturday.

“This is a massive test for Paul Heckingbottom,” Prutton told Sky Sports.

“It’s quite the move he’s made from Barnsley to Leeds for more than one reason and he’ll be under the microscope right away at Bramall Lane.

“When these two sides met in October they were both right in the mix for automatic promotion, and Sheffield United even went top after they won at Elland Road.

“But both have drifted away from the play-offs now and will be desperate for a win. It will be a good, open game, and I think it will be a draw.”

Prutton thinks Leon Clarke will open the scoring for the home side, but he has backed Leeds to fight back and secure a 2-2 draw (60/1 with Sky Bet).

Leeds are without a win in their last seven games in all competitions, while the Blades have won just three of their last eight outings.

Sheffield United are priced at 4/5 to win the game, with Leeds on offer at 18/5. The draw can be backed at 5/2.

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Done deal: World-class defender makes Premier League return

Done deal: World-class defender makes Premier League return – originally posted on Sportslens.com

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Patrice Evra, with the French international signing a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The world-class 36-year-old returns to the Premier League where he won five titles in an eight-year stay at Manchester United. His final season at the club saw him play under David Moyes, whom he’s now reunited with at West Ham, and will bring even more experience to an already aged backline.

Evra has been a free agent for three months after being sacked by Olympique Marseille for assaulting a supporter whom he believes was abusing him. And now he’s passed a medical in London, the veteran left-back has been announced a Hammer and could make his debut against Watford on Saturday.

“I’m really happy to be a Hammer, to be back in the Premier League and I love this game! It’s amazing to be back and I am thankful to West Ham for giving me the opportunity to do my job,” he said.

“When I wake up and know I am going to work hard, to have fun with my teammates and give my best on the pitch, I want to say a massive thanks to West Ham, to the Chairman, to the manager to all my teammates, who have given me a nice welcome, my agent and my brother.

“I’m just happy to be here, it’s really simple. You don’t realise how lucky you are and just to wake up this morning and know I am going to train with my new teammates made me smile!”

Having left the Premier League in 2014, the defender joined Juventus and won three consecutive Serie A titles and two Coppa Italias before his return to France. His time didn’t go to well at the Orange Vélodrome, but he’ll be hoping for a more successful spell in London.

West Ham have competition for starting places, however, with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku both vying for a spot at left-back, but Evra’s contributions may well be off the pitch not just on it. His experience could be invaluable to United, and the chance for Moyes to bring in a serial winner for free was clearly too good to pass down.

Stats from Transfermarkt.

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