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Eden Hazard Injury: Updates on Chelsea Star's Status and Return

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Eden Hazard of Chelsea is replaced by Andre Schurrle of Chelsea  during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain FC at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2014

Updates from Sunday, May 4

Chelsea announced Eden Hazard is not ready to start in today's match:

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Sky Sports reports that Eden Hazard has returned for the Blues in today's Champions League clash:

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Eden Hazard was seen training with the Chelsea first team ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid.

Sky Sports and Chelsea tweeted:

Hazard is fit to play on Wednesday, according to Chelsea's official Twitter feed: 

Updates from Friday, April 25

Eden Hazard is out of Chelsea's trip to Liverpool, but stands a chance of returning against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho confirmed via Chelsea's official Twitter:

Kristof Terreur of HLN has more on Hazard's potential status: 

Updates from Monday, April 21

ESPN confirms Eden Hazard traveled with Chelsea for the team's Champions League match tomorrow:

Sky Sports' Staff previously reported Hazard was unfit to participate in training:

Eden Hazard missed Chelsea's open training session ahead of Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first-leg at Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea hope the Belgian midfielder will recover in time for the trip to Madrid after suffering a calf injury in the quarter-final win over Paris St-Germain.

 

Updates from Friday, April 18

Eden Hazard will not be fit for Saturday's visit of Sunderland to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea hope he will return for the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid.

Assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said, via Chelsea's official Twitter:

 

Original Text

Chelsea advanced to the Champions League semifinals, but not without suffering an injury to Eden Hazard.   

The Belgian playmaker was subbed off in the 17th minute for Andre Schuerrle after picking up a knock:

Physioroom.com provides quotes from Jose Mourinho, who spoke about the injury after the match:

After the match Hazard downplayed the injury via Ed Maylon of the Mirror: "I had already felt some pain in my calf during the warming-up. I didn't want to take a risk."

Yet Mourinho paints a different picture according to the BBC:"It is a calf problem, but I have no idea the dimension of his injury. Even when they are not serious, you cannot play for a couple of weeks."

The report states that Mourinho believes he'll miss two weeks.

Hazard is one of the Blues' most dynamic players. Given the club's problems at striker, his skill in the attack has been invaluable. The 23-year-old has scored 16 goals across the Champions League and Premier League in addition to providing seven assists, both of which lead the club.

Chelsea came into Tuesday night needing to overcome a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. Without their best player, springing the comeback became that much harder.

Zonal Marking's Michael Cox, though, thinks this could be Schuerrle's opportunity to shine:

The Blues will also be worrying about their Premier League campaign. They're two points back of Liverpool and only two points ahead of Manchester City, who have two games in hand. Winning the league may be impossible if Hazard is forced to miss the next few weeks.

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