Álvaro Morata was unhappy to be omitted from the latest Spain squad, according to Chelsea team mate Marcos Alonso. Blues striker Morata scored his first goal of 2018 in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City on Sunday, ending a run of 13 games in all competitions without scoring.
Morata finally off the mark in 2018
The 25-year-old's dip in form, combined with a back injury, saw Antonio Conte experiment with Eden Hazard as a false nine and use January arrival Olivier Giroud in place of Chelsea's record signing. Alonso admits it has been a tough time for his compatriot but he is confident the former Real Madrid man, who was overlooked by Julen Lopetegui for this month's friendly matches, will enjoy a strong end to the season.
"Álvaro wasn't happy," Alonso told a news conference. "He's gone through a couple of difficult months because of a back problem. He's at 100 per cent now, he got back to scoring the other day... I hope he helps us at the end of the season. He's really important and I hope he's at the World Cup."