Chelsea suffered their 2d defeat of the season on Saturday, shedding 1-Zero at house to Manchester City courtesy of a Kevin de Bruyne strike.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect have now received 5 at the soar and glance in ambitious shape heading into the global spoil.
And Pat Nevin believes his former aspect would possibly struggle to stay tempo with the early league leaders, particularly with Alvaro Morata out injured.
The Spain global pulled up within the first-half towards City with a hamstring downside and Nevin thinks his absence can be a hammer-blow for Chelsea.
“City in particular are the benchmark for quality right now,” Nevin wrote in his Chelsea column.
“If they preserve up their ability ranges, velocity and magnificence from the beginning of this season then they will be very onerous to catch.
“That does now not imply to say it will be unattainable, we now have an excessively handsome league run between now and the top of the calendar yr, one during which lets in point of fact put some force at the present leaders.
“But to do one thing particular in that length we’re going to want Alvaro Morata again and optimistically that hamstring downside is just a tweak.
“He unquestionably gave the impression to forestall instantly after he felt it; it didn’t appear to be a ‘ping!’ second as we are saying within the recreation.
“The tell-tale indicators are acquainted to all gamers and maximum fanatics when a hamstring pressure is a foul one, so I’d be mildly involved as antagonistic to essentially apprehensive, however we will see.”
Initial reviews from the Spanish Football Federation are suggesting Morata has suffered a grade two hamstring harm.
No reliable timescale has been put at the 24-year-old’s go back however he’s anticipated to be sidelined for between six and 8 weeks.