Updates from Sunday, May 4
Chelsea announced Eden Hazard is not ready to start in today's match:
Chelsea team v Norwich: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) May 4, 2014
Chelsea subs v Norwich: Hilario, Kalas, D Luiz, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Torres, Eto’o. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) May 4, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 30
Sky Sports reports that Eden Hazard has returned for the Blues in today's Champions League clash:
Chelsea XI to play Atletico: Schwarzer, Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Cole, David Luiz, Ramires, Torres, Hazard, Willian. #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 30, 2014
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:
Petr Cech, John Terry, Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard all train with Chelsea ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 29, 2014
Hazard is fit to play on Wednesday, according to Chelsea's official Twitter feed:
Jose: 'Hazard is ready, it's my decision if he starts but he's ready.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 29, 2014
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:
Jose: 'Hazard is out for Sunday's game, I don't think he will make Wednesday but let's wait.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 25, 2014
Kristof Terreur of HLN has more on Hazard's potential status:
Eden Hazard confirmed on Chelsea TV he trained with the squad for the first time, today. Think he ll be fit for Atlético on Wednesday. #cfc— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) April 25, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
ESPN confirms Eden Hazard traveled with Chelsea for the team's Champions League match tomorrow:
Injury news: Eto'o (knee) didn't travel to Atletico while Hazard (calf) and Cech (illness) both made the trip for @chelseafc.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 21, 2014
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:
Holland: 'Hazard won't be fit to play tomorrow but the rest of the squad all trained today. We're not in bad shape.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 18, 2014
Holland: 'Hazard is not definitely out for Tuesday but he hasn't trained with the squad yet which means he's a major doubt.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 18, 2014
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:
Setback for the Blues on 17 minutes with Hazard forced off with an injury. Schurrle comes on. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 8, 2014
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:
Hazard going off a big blow to Chelsea, but Schurrle in his best role on the left. Hasn't played there much for Chelsea, now his big chance— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) April 8, 2014
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.