Hazard & Moses out for Chelsea’s Europa League game

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Eden Hazard of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed that Eden Hazard and Victor Moses will miss their Europa League match with PAOK on Thursday

Hazard is understood to have twisted his ankle from a challenge by Serge Aurier in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham.

But Sarri insists it’s not a serious injury and that Hazard should be available for Sunday’s league game against Fulham.

“Hazard, of course, it is not a serious injury,” said Sarri, according to Eir Sport.

“He will not be able to play tomorrow but I think he will be able to recover for the Premier League match (Fulham).”

The club’s demanding schedule for the next month though does have Sarri worried over how Hazard will cope.

“I am worried that he had a back injury and now ankle, so he has lost a lot of training, so it is normal he is not at the top form of his physical condition. He has one week and a couple of matches,” he said.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea shoots as Fabian Balbuena of West Ham United challenges during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 08, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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“This week it is useful for him to have training. Of course, he cannot play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest.”

Meanwhile, Moses will also miss Thursday’s game due to a back problem.

“The last problem is Moses,” added Sarri.

“I spoke with the doctor and he has a back problem this morning, so I think he will not be able to play tomorrow.”

The Italian coach is expected to make 7-8 changes to the starting eleven that lost 3-1 over the weekend to Spurs.

Chelsea’s Group L match with PAOK will take place at Stamford Bridge on Thursday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).