Thursday 29 September 2016

Hiddink admits to 'concerns' over Hazard

Jamie Holland

Published 12/03/2016 | 02:30

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink. Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink admits he has "concerns" about Eden Hazard's fitness and form.

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The Belgian was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night's Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain.

The playmaker's father Thierry told Belgian newspaper Le Soir that Hazard has had the injury for up to four months but has had to play on.

Hiddink says Hazard is "desperate" to feature in today's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.

"His father made a fair judgement. He is not absent of injury," Hiddink said. "You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.

"I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he's not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or (as a substitute).

"He will be available (against Everton). He's desperate to participate."

Diego Costa is undergoing treatment for a hip problem and is a doubt for the trip to Everton, but John Terry is back after a six-match absence.

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