Hazard to Miss BATE Clash with Back Injury

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will not feature against BATE in the Europa League due to a back problem that could also force him to miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.

The Belgium international has been in scintillating form this season, scoring eight goals already, but coach Maurizio Sarri will have to do without the 27-year-old on Thursday when the Blues host the Belarusians looking to make it three Europa League wins from three.

He also fears Hazard is a doubt for the trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley at the weekend.

“Tomorrow [he] is out for sure,” Sarri told a news conference on Wednesday.

“He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It’s not very easy.”

Another player who appears unlikely to feature against BATE is Italy international Jorginho. Sarri is mindful of resting the 26-year-old given the quick turnaround for the trip to Turf Moor, plus the EFL Cup clash with Derby County next Wednesday.

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