eden hazard

Eden Hazard will play no part for Chelsea in their opening game of the 2018/19 Europa League away to PAOK.

This is coming after the player twice told Maurizio Sarri that he was tired after his recent exertions for club and country.

Hazard has been very impressive for Chelsea this season after taking Belgium to third place in the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The Belgian hit a decisive hat-trick for Chelsea last Saturday against a newly promoted Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.

He then asked to be excused from the trip to Greece to face PAOK in the Europa League this Thursday.

Whilst in Thessaloniki on Wednesday, Sarri said:

“He told me after the national team (duty earlier this month) and the match against Cardiff he was a little bit tired, so I thought it was better to stay at Cobham, to have training and rest.”

It can be recalled that the Chelsea playmaker previously received a special time-off until after the Community Shield on August 5.

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He came on as a substitute in Chelsea’s first two games this season and has gone on to score 5 goals in his last three starts.