Chelsea Offer Eden Hazard Injury Update Ahead Of Sunderland Clash
Chelsea have offered an update on Eden Hazard’s injury situation after the Belgian international missed last weeks game with Swansea due to a calf injury.
Chelsea entertain Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening looking for three points to take them above Liverpool to the top of the Premier League.
Ahead of the game, Blues assistant first team coach Steve Holland has been filling in for boss Jose Mourinho at his weekly press conference this afternoon and he gave Chelseafc.com an update on the fitness of Eden Hazard.
The winger was forced off during the second half of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter finals of the Champions League last week after picking up a calf strain.
The Belgian international missed last weekends 1-0 win away at Swansea and has been undergoing intense treatment this past week. However, the clubs website claims Hazard is certain to miss tomorrow’s clash with Sunderland while Holland has cast doubt over whether he’ll be able to feature in the first leg of their Champions League semi final on Tuesday.
When asked if Hazard would be available to face Atletico Madrid, Holland said:
‘I wouldn’t say he is definitely out but the fact he hasn’t yet trained with the rest of the group means he is a major doubt.’
Chelsea should be able to make-do without Hazard’s services to see-off Sunderland at home but his absence would be a major blow if he was to also miss Tuesday’s trip to the Vicente Calderon.
The West Londoners head into the weekend’s action sitting two points adrift of leaders Liverpool but with the Merseysiders not playing until Sunday, Mourinho’s men have the chance to go clear with a win and put the pressure firmly on their title rivals.
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