Chelsea star Eden Hazard has received a fitness boost as his groin injury isn’t as bad as first feared, according to reports.
The Belgian international was forced off after just 15 minutes in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, and there were fears that the issue could be serious.
Given that Hazard had picked up a separate injury against Leicester City last month, Chelsea were naturally concerned about his fitness and whether or not it was a substantial setback.
However, scans on the groin on Monday haven’t revealed any serious damage, and so the 24-year-old isn’t expected to have to sit out for too long, according to ESPN FC.
As noted by the report, Hazard is expected to be out for no longer than two weeks, which would rule him out of this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Scunthorpe and next week’s Premier League encounter with West Bromwich Albion.
While the news of his return will be a welcome boost for interim boss Guus Hiddink, the Belgian winger has struggled to have a positive impact on the team so far this season.
Having been singled out for criticism by supporters as well as being dropped by Jose Mourinho prior to the Portuguese tactician’s sacking, it hasn’t been the most memorable of campaigns thus far.
Given that Hazard was an integral part of Chelsea’s march to the Premier League title last season, the Stamford Bridge faithful will hope that he can rediscover that form sooner rather than later.