Sunday 8 December 2019

Chelsea insist Hazard will win fitness race for run-in

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

Andrew Baldock

Eden Hazard could return from injury "sooner rather than later" as Chelsea continue their push for the Premier League title.

The Belgian star missed Sunday's 1-0 win at Swansea after limping out of Chelsea's midweek Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

Manager Jose Mourinho made five changes for the trip to south Wales, where his team triumphed through Demba Ba's second-half strike which keeps them two points behind league leaders Liverpool.

"Every player is fit at this stage, with the exception of Eden, who should be sooner rather than later. It is still a little bit too early to say for sure," Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said.

"Having a clear week this week is a big advantage.

"I can't stress enough the extra demand that the Champions League brings with those fixtures in the week. It is just what the doctor ordered to give the players a bit of a break this week."

Chelsea are next in action when the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

And the Blues know there can realistically be no slip-ups between now and the end of the season – including when they visit Liverpool on April 27 – if they are to land a fourth Premier League title in 10 seasons.

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