Chelsea puzzled over Morata injury

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was forced to sit out the visit to Everton on December 23, 2014 while he served a one-match suspensionLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Chelsea remain in the dark over how long Alvaro Morata will be on the treatment table after being sidelined by a puzzling back injury.Morata hasn’t featured since Chelsea’s FA Cup third round tie against Norwich City on January 17, with the Spanish international due to miss Monday’s encounter with West Brom. Chelsea’s medical team have performed a number of tests on the 25-year-old, but have not got to the bottom of the problem – leaving under-fire manager Antonio Conte unsure on when he will next be able to call upon the former Real Madrid man.“I don’t know because he has this problem and we tried a lot to find a solution to solve the pain in his back,” Conte said.“If you ask if me he needs one month, one day, two months, the rest of the season, I don’t know.“For this reason I’m a bit worried because you know very well the importance of the player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Shocker: Oden’s out for the year

first_imgNBA: Routine knee surgery discovers serious problem, ending top pick’s season. By Anne M. Peterson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND, Ore. – Greg Oden’s rookie season with the Portland Trail Blazers ended before it started on Thursday. The 7-foot center, the top pick in the June draft, went in for an exploratory procedure on his right knee and ended up having microfracture surgery, which means he will sit out the season. “Greg looked at me as he was coming out of his surgery, and he and his mom, Zoe, probably said `sorry’ 20 times,” Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said. “I could feel the weight of the world on his shoulders. And as a leader and as leaders of this organization, my first thought was how lucky we were to have a guy who cares about the organization that much.” Dr. Don Roberts performed the surgery to repair the damage, which Pritchard described as the size of a fingertip. Oden is expected to be on crutches for up to eight weeks. Full recovery likely will take six to 12 months, the team said. “At this point in time, we don’t see him coming back this season,” Pritchard said. Oden averaged 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds last season as a freshman at Ohio State. The loss of Oden before the season was a blow to the organization. There was much fanfare when the Blazers got the first pick in the draft, and even more when the team chose Oden. A huge, stories-tall jersey with the name Oden and a No. 1 hangs on the Rose Garden Arena. Across the street, a building is plastered with a huge billboard proclaiming “The Road Back to Rip City” with larger-than-life photos of Oden and teammates Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. “To know that Greg wouldn’t be with us, it was disappointing,” Coach Nate McMillan said. “I was really looking forward to working with him, and developing this team. You know we will still get that opportunity, but it will just come a year from now.” It was Oden’s second health problem since the Trail Blazers drafted him. He had a tonsillectomy in July after struggling in two Las Vegas summer league games. Oden recovered and had been working out in the Portland area. The MRI was taken Thursday after he had some swelling in the knee. Despite being hampered by a wrist injury at Ohio State, Oden led the Buckeyes to the national championship game. He had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Florida. The Trail Blazers were the surprise winners of the NBA draft lottery, and chose Oden over Texas forward Kevin Durant, who went to Seattle. Pritchard said Oden had MRIs on both knees before the draft and they were “pristine.” “We picked the right kid, he cares about his organization. And I can’t (overemphasize) how bad he felt, and not because he had to go through the rehab and all that, but because he felt like he let us down,” Pritchard said, “and he hasn’t let us down at all.” Dr. Roberts said the area of injury was not large and doctors were able to treat it with microfracture, which stimulates the growth of cartilage. Other high-profile players who have undergone the procedure include Jason Kidd, Amare Stoudamire and former Blazer Zach Randolph. Oden talked about the injury earlier this week in his blog. He said he had a sharp pain about a month ago when he was on vacation. “I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want to seem like I was complaining or making excuses for anything. Plus, I wasn’t doing anything at the time I realized it hurt, so I figured it couldn’t be anything big,” he said. The Blazers open training camp Oct.2. The regular-season opener is at San Antonio on Oct. 30.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img