Eden Hazard is expected to be fit for Chelsea’s clash with West Brom on Saturday despite picking up a knock while on international duty, according to reports from his native Belgium.
The 26-year-old was left out of the Red Devils’ squad for their 1-0 defeat of Japan on Wednesday after being replaced with five minutes to go in their friendly draw with Mexico a few days earlier.
But HLN (via the Metro) report that Hazard’s absence from Wednesday night’s team was precautionary.
Speaking ahead of the Japanese clash, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez played down the severity of Hazard’s injury, telling reporters that it was no big deal.
“Hazard did not train on Sunday but there is nothing serious,” the former Wigan and Everton boss claimed.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte will be hoping that he is telling the truth, after their star playmaker missed the beginning of the season because of an ankle injury suffered while on international duty at the beginning of the summer.
Meanwhile, there is more good news for Chelsea as West Brom will have to do without James Morrison at the weekend after he underwent surgery on his right heel.
“We wanted to give it a couple of weeks to see it would settle,” the Baggies’ director of performance, Mark Gillett, told the club website.
“Though he made some progress we thought the time was right to get him ready for the Christmas period.
“His Achilles has been grumbling and the international break provided us with the opportunity to address the issue.
“The procedure was done by a Dutch surgeon in Portugal last Thursday and we are pleased with the results.
“James will now be working hard to ensure he is back to full fitness as soon as possible.”