Blow for Chelsea as Eden Hazard limps out of Leicester clash with injury
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Eden Hazard limped out of Chelsea’s clash against Leicester after being knocked to the ground by Jamie Vardy.
The reigning Footballer of the Year suffered what appeared to be a hip injury in the first half of the match at King Power Stadium.
Hazard was dribbling close to the centre circle when he was sent crashing to the ground by Vardy and landed on his hip.
The challenge did not look too heavy but, after referee Mark Clattenburg had blown for a free-kick, there was a lengthy delay while Hazard received treatment from the Chelsea medical staff.
At the 29-minute mark, the winger gingerly walked to the touchline, where he had a conversation with manager Jose Mourinho.
Initially, it appeared as if Hazard would return to the pitch and carry on, but he then began walking down the tunnel and was replaced by Pedro.
Within minutes of suffering the blow of losing Hazard, Chelsea went a goal behind as Jamie Vardy maintained his sensational scoring run when he nipped in behind the visitors’ defence to slide in Riyad Mahrez’s cross.