Chelsea handed Eden Hazard boost ahead of Arsenal clash

Guus Hiddink delivers the latest update on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard ahead of next week's trip to Arsenal

Eden Hazard could make his return for Chelsea in next weekend’s clash with Arsenal, Guus Hiddink has revealed.

The Belgian playmaker is currently sidelined with a groin injury picked up during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at the turn of the year.

Hiddink faced the media at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Friday morning and confirmed that Hazard would definitely miss Saturday’s clash with Everton at Stamford Bridge.

However, the Chelsea interim boss said that the west London side are hopeful that Hazard will return to full training next week and be in line for a possible return to action when the Blues travel to Emirates Stadium on Sunday 24 January.

Hiddink told his pre-match news conference on Friday morning: “Eden Hazard is still out, although he is on the pitch working.

“I hope in the upcoming week he will have full training sessions and then we can decide if he can join us for the Arsenal game next weekend.

“We have to be a little bit careful we don’t have another setback. He must have some tough, intense training sessions next midweek from Tuesday to Thursday.”

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The Chelsea interim boss went on to confirm that striker Radamel Falcao remains sidelined, but the Blues have no fresh injury concerns after their 2-2 draw with West Brom in midweek.

He continued: “There were no injuries in the last game. Falcao is out too, we knew that. The rest are OK.”

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