Maurizio Sarri insists it isn’t a risk to play Eden Hazard in freezing Belarus… but Chelsea leave key quartet in England for BATE Borisov clash
- Chelsea have included Eden Hazard in their squad for the trip to Belarus
- Maurizio Sarri wants Hazard to improve his fitness against BATE Borisov
- He returned from injury against Crystal Palace after missing three games
- Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata did not travel
- Chelsea would qualify for the Europa League knockout stages with a victory
Eden Hazard has travelled for Chelsea’s Europa League clash with BATE Borisov in Belarus, but Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata have been left at home.
Hazard missed three matches with a back problem before returning as a substitute in Sunday’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace and has made the journey to Belarus for the Group L fixture at Borisov Arena.
Morata scored twice against Palace, but Blues head coach Maurizio Sarri has opted to rest his in-form striker.
Eden Hazard has travelled but Alvaro Morata has been rested for Chelsea’s trip to Belarus
Maurizio Sarri is keen for Hazard to build up his fitness against BATE Borisov after injury
Hazard was seen boarding the bus at Cobham ahead of the long trip to Barysaw
‘He played for three matches in a row. I thought it was better for him to stay at Cobham and rest and have only training,’ Sarri said on arrival in Minsk.
Cesc Fabregas was a late withdrawal through illness, resulting in N’Golo Kante travelling.
Sarri wants Hazard to get some additional match action, after his return last Sunday, and insisted it is not a risk to play him in the Europa League clash – it is expected to be played in freezing temperatures.
‘For our doctor, there is not any risk, otherwise he would stay in Cobham, of course,’ the Italian added.
Marcos Alonso (left) and David Luiz (right) have also been rested alongside Antonio Rudiger
‘We thought for him it’s better to play, not for 90 minutes, but to play after two weeks without training.
‘In the last match he played only for 30 minutes. Tomorrow the best for him is he will play 45, 50 minutes.’
Chelsea have won all three of their games in the competition so far and would secure safe passage to the knockout stages with a fourth.
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