Eden Hazard should be fit to face Tottenham despite injury scare
Eden Hazard expects to be fit for Chelsea's clash with Tottenham despite suffering an ankle problem
Eden Hazard has played down fears about his fitness after the Chelsea playmaker suffered a minor ankle injury on international duty with Belgium.
The 23-year-old sustained the problem in a challenge with Cheikh Tiote shortly after coming on in the second half of the 2-2 friendly draw with Ivory Coast on Wednesday.
But Hazard is confident that he will be available to face Spurs at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.
“It hurt but I think I can play this weekend,” Hazard told Het Laatste Nieuws.
“After 20 seconds I got a kick. A nice welcome but I’m not worried about the injury.”
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots added: “[Hazard’s] sock was broken and his ankle was immediately quite swollen.
“Such things happen in top-class football. His boot was damaged but Eden hasn’t twisted his ankle.”
Hazard also insisted that he is not suffering from burnout, despite having already notched up 38 appearances for the Blues this season.
“I’m not that tired,” Hazard continued. “In the first half against Fulham I felt it a bit but, in the second, I found my flow back.
“I don’t need that much rest – I’m at my best when I can play a lot of games – but I’ve to be careful that I don’t burn myself.
“I’m in super form, something you see in the stats and in my consistency. I see similarities with my last season in Lille.”