Good news, bad news regarding Eden Hazard's injury from Sunday afternoon. It's mostly bad news, actually, with the "good" part of the news being that it's not "as bad" as it could have been, especially in terms of impact and timing. At least that's what ESPN's sources* are claiming.
Chelsea have been handed a boost with the news that Eden Hazard's groin injury is not as serious as first feared, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Belgium international underwent a scan on the problem on Monday and tests have shown no serious damage to the groin. Chelsea are hopeful that the injury will only sideline Hazard for two weeks which will rule him out of the FA Cup clash with Scunthorpe and next week's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea looked pretty good without Hazard against Crystal Palace, but surely it's better to have the reigning Player of the Year in England available than not to have him available. Fortunately, as ESPN point out, our next two matches look fairly easy. They're part of a run of three straight at home, versus Scunthorpe (FA Cup), West Brom, and Everton. Having Hazard back at that point can only help as we proceed into late January and early February, with meaty clashes against Arsenal, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain.
Groin injuries do have a nasty habit of lingering and reoccurring, so hopefully Eden will be fully fit and recovered by then.
* ESPN also claim that this is a recurrence of the injury he picked up against Leicester City, but that was clearly an impact injury (to his hip, most likely), rather than a soft tissue injury to his groin, but whatever...