Chelsea interim boss has reportedly come to terms with Eden Hazard’s long term hip injury and has reportedly dropped the midfielder in his next plans. Earlier it had been reported that Chelsea’s coaching staff were not ready to drop Hazard despite claims from the player’s father, who insisted that his son is playing the pain barrier.
In a statement that has recently flew around the media, Eden Hazard’s father Thierry said: “[Hazard] is not absent of injury. You can have an injury where you cannot play but you can have one where you can play but you are not fully fit. That also has an influence on the freshness and it’s true that’s a worry. He will be okay. He will be available. He’s desperate to participate in the team performance.”
The Belgium international’s father also a Belgian newspaper: “Instead of giving Eden time to overcome the injury and have a proper rest, they pushed him to play because they have some important games.”
Hiddink has now come to some agreement with the player’s dad remarks. Hiddink said: “I think his father has made a fair judgement.”
“He is not absent of injury. It’s an injury with which you can play, but if you are not fully, fully fit that also has an influence on your freshness. The worries have been there, it’s true.”
The 25-year-old has struggled throughout the campaign after suffering a recurring hip problem, a result that looks to have halted his development. Hazard was jeered off the pitch by a section of fans when Chelsea lost 2-1 to French champions Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and were eliminated from the Champions League.
The Belgium international has been on the receiving end of a host of criticism for his form, but it is believed that he is more concerned on trying to overcome the knock heading into the final nine fixtures of the campaign.
Hazard, who was crowned the Footballer of the Year in England last season, is expected to be sidelined for up to a month and could now be ruled out of matches against West Ham United, Aston Villa, Swansea City, and maybe Manchester City as well.
The player’s doubtable future at the Stamford Bridge has continued to be a major topic with Hiddink still unsure if the player with extend his current contract that expires in 2020.
“Eden has a contract until 2020. It’s out of question that he’ll leave the club at the moment,” the Dutchman said.