Chelsea suffer Eden Hazard injury blow

Eden Hazard faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Burnley after picking up a back problem.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri confirmed the Belgian star will sit out Thursday night’s Europa League encounter with BATE.

"Tomorrow he (Hazard) is out for sure,” said Sarri. ”He has a back problem. We are trying to solve the problem for Sunday."

Hazard has netted eight times in all competitions this season and tops the Premier League’s scoring charts.

Meanwhile, Sarri has insisted Chelsea will "accept the consequences" of coach Marco Ianni’s improper conduct charge from the Football Association.

Blues backroom staff member Ianni goaded Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge touchline in Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw.

Chelsea manager Sarri admitted he does not know what punishment Ianni could face – but insisted the club will accept any sanction.

"First of all as I said after the match, we were wrong," said Sarri. "I was there when Marco spoke to Mr Mourinho. He said sorry immediately, and it was really very important I think that he realised he was wrong.

"And so I think that I want to give him another opportunity, because I know very well the man, I know very well that he was really sorry.

"I don’t know the consequences, but we were wrong so we have to accept the consequences."

Asked what punishment Chelsea would impose internally, Sarri replied: "I don’t know. I want to respect the decision of the FA and then we will decide."

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