Maurizio Sarri
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Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Eden Hazard is ruled out of Chelsea’s Europa League group stage clash with BATE on Thursday afternoon. This news has been reported by the club’s official Twitter account.

Hazard has been our star performer this season, and leads the goal-scoring charts in the Premier League. Though he was unable to leave his mark on Manchester United at the weekend, they certainly did on him.

The Belgian suffered a back injury, the Mirror reported, which understandably sparked fears among the Chelsea faithful that we were going to lose our talisman for the foreseeable. However, the damage done to him does not appear to be as serious as first feared.

Speaking in his pre-BATE press conference, Sarri confirmed that Hazard would be taking no part in the fixture. However, the Italian did reveal that Chelsea are hoping to have him available to face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

We’ll be keeping our fingers tightly crossed that Hazard is fit to face the Clarets. Even if he is unable to do so, it doesn’t appear as though he’s set for a long injury layoff, which is excellent news.

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