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Alvaro Morata: 'I was wrong to play with pain'

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata admits that he was wrong to play for the Blues while suffering from a back injury.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has admitted that he was wrong to play for the Blues while suffering from a back injury.

The Spaniard, who missed several games in December with the issue, returned to the side in January for a brief period before aggravating the injury.

Morata made his first appearance since January 17 in Chelsea's 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening, but admitted that he should not have played for Chelsea earlier in the year.

"[Antonio Conte] is the one who bets on me and that's the truth," the 25-year-old told reporters.

"At the end of the day, a great club has given me the opportunity to play as a starter and to grow.

"That is until the physical problems arrived. I was wrong to play with pain. I wasn't okay to play."

Blues boss Conte gave January signing Olivier Giroud his first start for the club in Monday evening's victory.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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