Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that star man Eden Hazard will feature for the Blues, when they head to Belarus to take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
The Londoners head across Europe knowing full well that if their win they will be through to the knockout stages of the competition, with two matches remaining in their group.
That will be a big incentive for Sarri and his squad, as with some big matches on the horizon and a busy Christmas period to come, to have the ability to rest as many players as he wants in the final two games safe in the knowledge that the results are not important, would be a nice luxury to have.
With that in mind, it could be argued that it would have been good to have played Hazard anyway, but he will feature for other reasons rather than that, as the Italian confirmed when he faced the press.
‘According to our doctor there is not any risk, otherwise he would have stayed at Cobham, of course,’ the Chelsea official website quote him as saying.
‘We felt that for him it’s better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks of not playing.
‘In the last match he played only for 30 minutes. The best way for him is that tomorrow he will play for 45 or 50 minutes.’
Sarri also confirmed that Alvaro Morata has remained back in London to train rather than play another match. The Spaniard caught fire against Crystal Palace at the weekend, but the Chelsea boss is keen for his striker to rest with Olivier Giroud set to face the Belarussians.
One man who also will not be involved in the tie is Cesc Fabregas. He was due to play but picked up an injury, which the Blues manager also revealed ahead of the game.
‘The only problem is Cesc,’
‘This morning he had a fever and has had to stay at Cobham, so we called N’Golo Kante.’