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Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has declared himself fit for Saturday’s clash against Tottenham despite picking up an injury playing for Belgium in midweek.
Hazard took a knock to his ankle following a challenge from Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote in the 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast but Belgium boss Marc Wilmots confirmed after the game the injury was not serious.
Even so there were still concerns that Hazard would miss the huge game against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, when Jose Mourinho’s men will be hoping to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
“It hurt, but I think I can play this weekend,” Hazard revealed. “After 20 seconds I got a kick. A nice welcome, but I’m not worried about the injury.”
Hazard has said he is feeling sharper than ever despite a heavy schedule of games and is keen to take to the pitch this weekend.
“I’m not that tired,” he added. “In the first half against Fulham I felt it a bit, but in the second I found my flow back. I don’t need that much rest, I’m at my best when I can play a lot of games. But I’ve to be careful that I don’t burn myself.
“I’m in super form. Something you see in the stats and in my consistency. I see similarities with my last season in Lille.”
Blues boss Mourinho will now check on the rest of his international brigade before naming his side to face Tim Sherwood’s men, but will be feeling confident after last weekend’s 3-0 thrashing of Fulham.