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Chelsea injury updates: Eden Hazard, two strikers unavailable for FA Cup match

Partners in the injury room
Partners in the injury room
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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink provided an update on the state of the squad ahead of Sunday's match against League One Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup. According to Hiddink, the only striker available for Chelsea is Diego Costa since Loïc Rémy and Radamel Falcao still haven't recovered from their injuries.

"Rémy is on the pitch but not with the team, he is in rehab. We have to be very cautious about our strikers. That's [only] Diego at the moment. Not having Rémy or Falcao is worrying."

-Guus Hiddink; Source: Chelsea FC

Speaking of Falcao - who reportedly visited his parent club AS Monaco this week to assess fitness issues and possibly arrange his return to Ligue 1 - Hiddink has reiterated the club's stance of not commenting on speculation and concentrating just on getting the player back to full fitness.

"We are still worried about his fitness situation but let's give him a bit of time and see what happens. First of all there are good strikers in this league and abroad but now is the time of speculation, who is going to go where. We are not going into speculation and naming anyone."

-Guus Hiddink; Source: Sky Sports

Hiddink also spoke about Eden Hazard's situation, confirming that the winger will not be available to play for at least one more week.  The comments about being careful with the injury match what Hazard's father said earlier as well.

"Hazard will not make midweek [v West Brom]. We must be careful because a player must not fall again after twice being injured in a physical trap. This time we must take a little bit more time."

"He was fit to play but he got an unfortunate slip in the Crystal Palace game. We must be careful to maybe [bring him back] one game or half a game later than one or half a game too early."

-Guus Hiddink; Source: Chelsea FC

So, with just one healthy striker, would Hiddink be tempted to reach into the well of great young talent at Chelsea? While teenager Tammy Abraham played on Wednesday and is expected to play on Monday as well, we do have Patrick Bamford back, who's probably willing and available to play.

"I have had more time also to see and analyse the potential of the young players around 18, 19, and maybe, hopefully, there could be a surprise."

-Guus Hiddink; source: ESPN

Another "youth day" then or just more teasing?  We'll find out Sunday.

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