Chelsea team news: Eden Hazard out of Europa League clash, Maurizio Sarri without talisman

CHELSEA star Eden Hazard has not travelled with the Blues for their Europa League clash with PAOK Salonika.

The Belgian, who netted a hat-trick against Cardiff at the weekend, has been left at home.

The Sun claim Maurizio Sarri wants to keep Hazard in top form and fitness for an assault on the Premier League title.

The Blues flew out to Greece this morning but there was no sign of the 27-year-old.

Sarri is expected to make several changes for the match against PAOK tomorrow.

The likes of Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are expected to be given opportunities.

Earlier this week Sarri admitted he could rest Hazard for the Europa League.

The Chelsea boss explained: “Loftus-Cheek has a little problem with his right tibia so on Saturday he wasn’t able to play.

“I hope he can recover in the next two or three days and maybe there is an opportunity that I can give him a chance.

“I don’t know now because I want to have a very clear picture of the situation, who are the players who need to rest or not.

“I don’t know about Hazard.

“I want to speak with him and I want to speak to the doctor and then I will decide.

“Of course either Hazard or Pedro will rest on Thursday.”

The other teams in Chelsea’s Europa League group are MOL Vidi and BATE Borisov.

After the game on Thursday, the Blues travel to West Ham for a London derby in the Premier League on Sunday.

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