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Eden Hazard ruled out of Europa League final

Hazard will miss arguably Chelsea's most important match of the season (©GettyImages)
Hazard will miss arguably Chelsea's most important match of the season (©GettyImages).

Chelsea will be without one of their most impressive performers of the season on Wednesday night, as Eden Hazard will miss the Europa League final against Benfica with up a hamstring injury.

The versatile Belgian winger has been a sensation since his summer move to Stamford Bridge, and showed the Premier League just why he was so sought-after with a fantastic start to his Chelsea career.

Eyebrows were raised by some with the hefty fee that Chelsea paid for the flying winger, and many were concerned that the Premier League may have been too physical for him to show his true talents.

But Hazard has settled well in England despite the continuing problems with the managerial position at Chelsea. Having been brought in by Roberto Di Matteo, Hazard soon found himself playing under interim manager Rafael Benitez - and come next season he will find another manager in charge again.

But despite these issues, Hazard has settled in extremely well and has become part of a menacing attacking trio, along with fellow summer-signing Oscar and Spanish international Juan Mata.

However, Chelsea will be without Hazard for the Europa League final in Amsterdam, after the Belgian injured himself in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

John Terry is expected to join Hazard on the sidelines - meaning the Blues are likely to be without two of their key players. And with unpredictable Portuguese opposition in Benfica, the pace and trickery of Hazard would have been of a massive advantage to Chelsea tonight.

But having picked up the injury on Saturday, Hazard, who has already featured in an amazing 62 games for the Blues this season, will be forced to watch on knowing he has had a big helping hand in getting Chelsea to the final.

With Benfica hurting from their defeat to title rivals Porto at the weekend, they will be keen to put in maximum effort after losing first place in the league to Porto following their 2-1 defeat.

And, as has been shown in the past, Portuguese opponents can cause many problems. Even though many will back Chelsea and Benitez to take a trophy back to the Bridge, Benfica have shown much grit and determination to get as far as they have in the competition - and will also be licking their wounds from surrendering their lead in their title race.

 

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