Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is hopeful Eden Hazard will be available ahead of Monday night’s Premier League game against Burnley.
The Belgian superstar was brought down early into Chelsea’s 4-3 Europa League victory over Slavia Prague on Thursday. Despite continuing on, Willian came on for Hazard in the 65th-minute.
Sarri had downplayed the significance of Hazard’s injury blow after the match, and remains confident he will be able to count on the services of his star player for Monday night.
Following third-place Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, Chelsea have a great chance in breaking into the Premier League top-four should they defeat Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
“I spoke to him at half-time and he had a big knock in the leg,” said Sarri, according to Yahoo.
“He told me I will try but I’m not sure I will finish the match, so I prefer to change him because we have to play another very important match in three or four days. I think it was better [to take him off].
“I think he will be fit. I have to speak with the doctor, so I am not sure, but my feeling is it is nothing serious.”
German side Eintracht Frankfurt await Chelsea in the Europa League semi-finals. Winning the competition would see the Blues reach their target of returning to Champions League football for next season.
However, so would a top-four finish in the Premier League with a tricky trip to Manchester United coming up next weekend.
So, Sarri will not be prioritising one competition instead of the other at this stage.
“At the moment we cannot choose,” said the Italian.
“We have to try in the Premier League. We have to try in the Europa league. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition, not because of going in the Champions League.
“So we have to try to get top four. It’s not easy for us because we only play four matches, but we have to try.
“The last four or five matches will be difficult for every team involved in fighting for the top four, not only for us. So we can see some very strange results in the last part of the season. We are going to fight and see at the end.”
Although Antonio Rudiger and is definitely out for Chelsea on Monday due to a knee problem, while Marcos Alonso is doubtful with a gluteal injury.
Source : ronaldo.com