Eden Hazard's injury record is rather remarkable for someone who gets kicked more often than just about any other player in any other league.
Getting him more protection from the referees was one of the major themes of last season, but unfortunately that has not improved even as our league form has fallen to pieces. Referee Mark Clattenburg could be seen telling John Terry that he didn't even see a foul when Jamie Vardy stepped into the Chelsea man on Monday. But clearly, Hazard didn't just invent his hip contusion, or a hip pointer as it is also commonly known. (Though that specific diagnosis is still just a guess.)
Dad Thierry: "Do you really think that Eden's going to fake an injury in such an important game?" (Source HNB)— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 17, 2015
Dad Thierry Hazard: "You all know him as someone who likes to play. As much as possible. He really was in pain."— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 17, 2015
Daddy Hazard: "It's difficult to say when he'll be fit again. We hope asap. He'll keep on working. Also for JM. They still get along" #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 17, 2015
Hazard's father plays an important role in his son's professional life as well, so his words of reassurance are certainly welcome.
While there is no news yet on the exact nature of the injury or its prognosis, Terreur reports that there's "optimism" about Eden's status for Saturday's match despite a missed training session.
Hazard didn't train yesterday. He got treatment on his hip. Yet unknown if he'll be fit for Sunderland, but there's optimism he will. #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) December 17, 2015
If that's true, it matches yesterday's reports that the injury was nothing major, though obviously still painful if he's getting significant amount of treatment for it.
Get well soon!