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Friday 20 April 2018

Conte: Pedro's injury is more serious that we had thought

Pedro (r) is tackled by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in Saturday’s friendly match in Beijing. Photo: Reuters
Pedro (r) is tackled by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina in Saturday’s friendly match in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Antonio Conte has revealed the injury suffered by Pedro in Chelsea's pre-season friendly victory over Arsenal is more serious than he thought.

The 29-year-old was taken off in the first half of the 3-0 win in Beijing after a heavy collision with goalkeeper David Ospina, with the club later announcing that he stayed the night in hospital having sustained a concussion and facial injuries.

And Blues boss Conte - speaking to the media in Singapore ahead of Chelsea's clash with German champions Bayern Munich - confirmed that the Spain international has suffered multiple fractures.

But Pedro, who returned home after sustaining the injury, is expected to be back in training with a mask in 10 days.

Chelsea wrote on their official Twitter account: "Conte says Pedro's injury was more serious than he thought.

"He has multiple fractures but with a mask he should train in 10 days."

Meanwhile, £70m signing Alvaro Morata says he was "destined" to work with Conte and believes the club can beat his former employers Real Madrid.

"I know Antonio wanted me in the past and I really want to work with Antonio, and finally destiny put us together," Morata said.

"I can't wait to play for him and for Chelsea and to win together.

"It was disappointing in 2014 when he went to Italy, but I played well and had a good year at Juventus, but I really want to work with this coach and finally I can."

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