Eden Hazard unlikely to be risked against Liverpool

Julian Finney

Good news and bad news, I suppose. The London Evening Standard, who seem to have rocketed into Chelsea media prominence over the past half-season, are reporting that Eden Hazard is expected to be fit to return for the second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. That's obviously the good news -- actually possessing some semblance of attacking threat will be handy if we want to make the final -- the bad is that he is therefore extraordinarily unlikely to be risked at Anfield.

With rumours flying about that Jose Mourinho has been cleared to put all his eggs in the Champions League basket and field a weakened team against Liverpool (a manoeuvre that seems decidedly less insane than when Roberto di Matteo pulled it off two years ago), Hazard's inclusion in the Chelsea lineup would have come as something of a surprise anyway. Then again, Mourinho could just be playing with everyone. Who knows.

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