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Chelsea expect Eden Hazard to return soon

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Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland has revealed that Eden Hazard could return sooner rather than later following his injury against PSG.

The Belgian international was a noticeable absentee from Sunday's 1-0 win against Swansea after he was forced off the field in the Champions League quarter-final tie against the French club.

With a crucial Premier League title run-in on the horizon, the west London club were left sweating over Hazard's fitness.

In fact Jose Mourinho desperately tried to manage his squad, making five changes in an attempt to keep his players fresh in the middle of a fixture pile up.

Chelsea face demanding fixtures against Liverpool and Atletico Madrid in the coming weeks and Holland said Hazard could return to action just in time.

"Every player is fit at this stage, with the exception of Eden, who should be sooner rather than later. It is still a little bit too early to say for sure," Holland told the Daily Mail.

"Having a clear week this week is a big advantage.

"I can't stress enough the extra demand that the Champions League brings with those fixtures in the week. It is just what the doctor ordered to give the players a bit of a break this week."

Chelsea will face a comparably easy game against bottom club Sunderland next week before those key ties. They know that one more slip up could hand the title to Liverpool and Holland says it is hard to keep the player's minds off of their rivals good form.

"No matter how much you try to hide it and take the players' minds away from it, in this world of technology that we live in there is always a way of someone finding out at some point,' added Holland.

"We were aware as the afternoon progressed from when we had the team meeting to when we left for the stadium, then when we were in the dressing room and out on the pitch, that the scenario was changing all the time.

"Obviously, it was a good day for Liverpool, and it looks like being an exciting conclusion to the season.

"We have probably got to win all of our games, one way or another.

"That's the likelihood, but we have been facing that task now for a good couple of weeks, certainly on the back of our result at Crystal Palace. I think any leeway we had was eliminated after that result."

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