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Chelsea’s assistant coach Steve Holland has admitted playmaker Eden Hazard will have to return to fitness “very quickly” if he is to be considered for the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.
Hazard will miss Saturday’s clash with Sunderland due to a calf problem and with Chelsea facing rivals Liverpool next Sunday, in what is potentially a title-defining match, it could mean the Belgian stays in London when his side travel to Spain to face Atletico Madrid.
Holland has revealed that Hazard is in a race against time to recover if he is to travel with the squad.
He said: “He hasn’t trained yet but that doesn’t definitely rule him out of the game on Tuesday. He’s obviously close but it’s a day-by-day one at the moment. For him to be considered for Tuesday, he obviously needs to train with the group very quickly.
“Normal procedure is that you wouldn’t ask a player to play in a game without some training beforehand, so he’s got to train with the group in the next couple of days. He has got a calf injury and the injury is very low on the calf.”
Chelsea are 3.67 to earn a victory in Madrid against Atletico on Tuesday evening, while a win for the home side is at 2.04 and the draw is 3.25.