Eden Hazard Reportedly Could Miss Chelsea vs. Manchester City with Calf Injury

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea scores his team's third goal to make the score 1-3 during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images)
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Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is facing a spell on the sidelines after he pulled out of international duty with Belgium due to a calf injury, and he might not return in time for the Premier League fixture against Manchester City on April 5.

On Monday, Belgian national team manager Roberto Martinez confirmed Hazard won't feature in the Red Devils' upcoming matches against Greece and Russia:

According to The Sun's Sam Morgan, he's doubtful for the Blues' next match against Crystal Palace and might even miss the clash with City.

The 26-year-old has experienced a resurgence under manager Antonio Conte this season. The Italian's focus on the wide areas in a 3-4-3 formation has led to the wings and midfield becoming of even greater importance.

Hazard's progress saw him net eight goals in his first 15 Premier League outings of the season before suffering a knock that kept him out of the December meeting against Sunderland, per the Guardian's Dominic Fifield.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13:  Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 13, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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The former Lille star has enjoyed great success off Chelsea's left wing once again this term, although his drifting into more central channels has also yielded superb results of late at Stamford Bridge.

Conte's reliance on the revived Victor Moses will pay dividends during Hazard's absence, too, considering the Nigeria international could now slot in as a steady replacement, while Pedro could also switch to the left flank.