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

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea sits injured before being substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on January 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard suffered a hip problem in the UEFA Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain on March 9. He is now ready for competitive action.

Continue for updates.

Hazard Returns vs. Bournemouth

Saturday, April 23

The Belgian was named in Guus Hiddink's startling lineup for the Premier League match.

Hazard Out of Belgium Squad

Friday, March 18

"I have told Eden to have some rest," said Belgium manager Marc Wilmots, per Sky Sports. "We are not too worried about him."

Hazard Has Failed to Replicate Last Season's Form

The Belgium international was a key figure during the Blues' title run in 2014-15, winning the Football Writers' and Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year awards for his troubles.

He entered the 2015-16 campaign with even higher expectations, but the first months of the new season were a disaster for Hazard.

The 25-year-old looked lost and uninspired, a shadow of the player who dazzled Premier League fans the previous campaign. His struggles could partly be explained by the Blues' poor showings as a team, but Hazard was believed to be the type of player who could lift the side, not sink with it.

Injuries also took their toll, and in his absence, Willian and Oscar put together some fine performances. Summer signing Pedro has also flashed his quality. Of the trio, only Willian has consistently offered quality, but all have the ability to adequately replace Hazard.

Chelsea got along fine without the Belgian, although the team is obviously a stronger outfit with Hazard—providing he's on form. With an eye on the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, he best discover his health and form fast for the sake of Belgium's chances.