Nothing's going right for Eden Hazard this season. The latest setback is an aggravation of the hip injury that he picked up when he was unceremoniously kicked by Jamie Vardy in our 2-1 loss to Leicester City in December. After all the other kicks that Hazard has received over the years, it was that innocuous-looking one that has apparently caused the most damage.
Or perhaps, the issue's gone on even longer?
After a rest in January, Hazard was pain-free, but since a few weeks he's been suffering again. Daddy Hazard: "Chelsea push him to play."— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) March 11, 2016
Eden has hardly been fit since Hiddink took over and while others in the squad are slowly rediscovering their form, he's remained firmly stuck in relatively out-of-form mode. Though it should be said that even with the fitness issues, he made several key contributions on Wednesday, including a secondary assist on the goal and drawing one of the better saves from Kevin Trapp in the PSG goal.
Branislav Ivanovic had mentioned in his post-match comments that Hazard wasn't quite fit to begin with, and while that's something Chelsea themselves didn't exactly advertise, that's understandable. We're not exactly forthcoming with such information in the best of times, let alone when we're trying to keep opponents guessing. But now the injury has been corroborated by a report in the Daily Mail (citing Chelsea sources who insist that Hazard was only 70% fit), as well as the trusty Kristof Terreur, who also corroborates the Telegraph's story of Chelsea not wanting to sell Hazard.
Anyway, Chelsea are not willing to sell Eden Hazard at the moment and the player isn't pushing for a move either. #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) March 11, 2016
While that latter bit is good news, it is looking quite likely that Hazard unfortunately will not partake in Saturday's match against Everton. With Diego Costa also set to miss out, this is going to be an even more uphill battle than our usual trips to Goodison Park.