Chelsea news: Eden Hazard will not play against Everton – big claim

CHELSEA star Eden Hazard will NOT start the Premier League match against Everton on Sunday.

That is the opinion of former Arsenal striker and Chelsea fan Paul Merson.

Eden Hazard missed three games at the end of October with a back injury.

The Belgian returned as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday, creating a goal within five minutes of entering the field.

He then played an hour for the Blues in the 1-0 Europa League victory at BATE Borisov on Thursday.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong team in Belarus, a decision Merson says would be wrong if they do not end up beating Everton.

However, the Sky Sports pundit reckons Hazard will be left out of the starting XI and used as an impact sub as he was against Palace.

“He gets that right if they can beat Everton,” Merson said on Soccer Saturday.

“If they don’t beat Everton I think he’s got it horribly wrong because they would have won one of their games at home.

“It’s a long way to go to go over there and play a strong team like that and they’ve had some hard games.

“This is a hard game tomorrow, this is a hard game.

“I don’t think Hazard plays tomorrow. I don’t think he plays.

“I think because he played there (BATE) he will leave him on the bench.

“It’s a nice thing to have, even the other day when it went 1-1 you were sitting there and you were like ‘at least Hazard has not still got to come on’, do you know what I mean?

“I think Sarri’s looking at that and they Man City (are looking good for the title), he’s looking and thinking ‘we’ve got a chance of winning the Europa League, a big chance of winning it’.

“He hasn’t won anything even though he’s a top manager and fair play to him, fair play to him.

“But it’s a difficult game tomorrow.”

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