Chelsea star Eden Hazard is potentially a doubt for upcoming games against both Crystal Palace and Manchester City on the other side of the international break after Belgium national team boss Roberto Martinez revealed a calf injury could keep him out for up to 15 days.
Hazard was unable to take part in Chelsea’s dramatic win over Stoke at the weekend and will be forced to miss upcoming internationals for Belgium against Greece and Russia.
Chelsea are back in action on 1st April when Crystal Palace visit Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City are then due to arrive in west London on 5th April.
The suggested 10-15 day absence is likely to rule Hazard out of the Palace encounter, and also puts his participation in the City clash, a game that could further cement Chelsea’s title win, in jeopardy depending on how quickly he can get over the complaint.
“Eden has suffered an injury before the match against Stoke, it does not look so serious. But he will not play against Greece. We are going to follow the injury,” Martinez is widely quoted as saying after this week’s press conference.
“It is a big disappointment for Eden that he cannot lead the team. If you want to be a good team, you have to absorb everything. This is a good test for us. I see enough players who can take over his role.”
Hazard has directly contributed 15 Chelsea goals through combined goals and assists in 2016/17 after a resurgent season and has been unplayable at times. Fortunately for Chelsea, a 10-point cushion at the top of the table gives them breathing room and his absence may not be critical.
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