Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri has insisted that there is no risk of furthering Eden Hazard’s back injury by taking him to Belarus to face BATE.

Chelsea take on BATE this evening in the Europa League, with Sarri’s men looking to win their sixth consecutive game in the competition. Our progression into the knockout stages can be ensured tonight, and you’d fancy us to return home with all three points.

As is often the case when looking ahead to Chelsea games, the fitness of our talisman Hazard can prove to be a deciding factor in the contest. Though his services will likely not be required tonight, Hazard has made the trip to Belarus and could be involved.

Hazard suffered a back injury during our 2-2 draw with Manchester United in October. Since it became clear that he was not in a match-ready condition, Chelsea fans have been eager to see him back on the pitch and building on his good start to the season.

Sarri has strongly insinuated that he will play some part in the game against BATE, and insists that the information he has been given by the club doctor suggests that there is no risk of further injury by using the Belgian.

He’s quoted by ESPN saying:

“From our doctor, there is no risk [to select him]. Otherwise he stays at Cobham. In the last match he played 30 minutes, the best for tomorrow is that he plays 45 to 50 minutes.”

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