By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes | Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
Eden Hazard is in a race against time to be fit for Chelsea’s Premier League clashes against Everton and Arsenal, Guus Hiddink revealed on Friday.
The Belgian has been ruled out of the Blues’ next two matches with the hip injury he sustained in Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace last Sunday.
Hiddink has now revealed his concern about whether Hazard will make the home fixture against Everton on 16 January and the trip to Arsenal eight days later.
The Belgium international lasted just 16 minutes of the Premier League champions’ 3-0 triumph at Selhurst Park before limping off.
Hazard was also recently injured when he fell on his hip and bruised it during the defeat at Leicester last month, missing Chelsea’s subsequent match against Sunderland.
Football Insider revealed on Tuesday that Chelsea medics feared the reigning Footballer of the Year could be absent for a fortnight with his latest injury.
This was confirmed by Hiddink at his media briefing on Friday afternoon as he spoke about Hazard’s recovery ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Scunthorpe and next Wednesday’s Premier League clash against West Brom, both at Stamford Bridge.
“Mid-week he will not make, I think,” explained Hiddink. “But we must be careful, the player must not fall again after falling twice.
“This time he must take a little more time, he was fit to play but against Crystal Palace he had an unfortunate slip. We must make sure that he does not repeat his injury after another game.”