Chelsea have been relatively fortunate with respect to injuries this season -- so far, that is. Victor Moses was reportedly set to miss today's match against Stoke out due to a calf injury sustained late on against Manchester United. In yesterday's pre-match press conference, Antonio Conte mentioned there were a few "situations" he had to look at, with regard to player fitness, without naming anyone in particular bar Moses. One of those situations may well have been Eden Hazard; last night, sources claimed that Hazard had not made the trip to Stoke.
Unconfirmed but there is a suggestion that Eden Hazard has NOT travelled with the rest of the Chelsea squad to Stoke. #CFC— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) March 17, 2017
This morning, the aforementioned whispers grew louder and the news of the injury began to be confirmed by reliable outlets, such as HLN's expert on Belgian players in England, Kristof Terreur.
Belgium are aware that Eden Hazard has suffered a muscle injury. Would confirm yesterday's reports that he hasn't travelled to Stoke. #cfc pic.twitter.com/Lwntoj0U2X— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) March 18, 2017
Eden Hazard is expected to pull out of the Belgium squad for the games vs Greece and Russia, once the extent of his injury is known. #cfc pic.twitter.com/ItPs1CiRbJ— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) March 18, 2017
Hazard's injury was not, apparently, due to his extra-rough treatment against Manchester United, however.
Some are blaming Mourinho's hools, but Hazard was fine after Monday's game (2 wounded fingers). Injured in training. #mufc #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) March 18, 2017
Chelsea should be able to see this one through without Hazard, as Willian and Pedro are more than capable of stepping up to the plate. Let's hope the injury isn't too serious and that after a rest over the international break, Hazard is raring to go yet again.