Eden Hazard's dad has insisted that his son did not fake an injury during Chelsea's match against Leicester City on Monday night.
The Belgium international had to be replaced midway through the first half at the King Power Stadium after he went down on his hip. The Blues went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Claudio Ranieri's side, leaving them in 16th position in the Premier League.
Following the game, Blues chief Jose Mourinho suggested that Hazard must have picked up a serious injury as he made the decision to be replaced. But reports have since suggested that Hazard faked the injury, which has now been denied by his father.
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As per The Sun, Thierry Hazard stated: “Ah, these are stories that are invented when it goes bad.
“Do you really think that Eden will feign an injury in such an important match?
Hazard senior speaks out
“You also still know him as someone who loves football and wants to play as much as possible. No, he really hurt his hip."
The Chelsea star's dad has also insisted that the dynamic midfielder remains on the same wavelength as his manager, but isn't sure when he will return to the field of play.
Hazard senior continued by saying: “It’s difficult to estimate when he will be back — but let’s hope he is playing soon.
“Of course Eden is not happy with the way things have gone for him but he’s still remaining pretty cool underneath.
“Every footballer has to go through a period when they are facing adversity but Eden will continue to work hard.
“And he will do it for Mourinho. They are really still on the same wavelength.”
It has been a disaster
In truth, this season has been a complete disaster for Hazard and his Chelsea teammates. Perhaps, then, a period of reflection on the sidelines will actually help the midfielder as he goes in search of redemption in west London.
Without a Premier League goal to his name and just two assists this season, the 24-year-old will be determined to get back to his best sooner rather than later.
Without a Premier League goal to his name and just two assists this season, the 24-year-old will be determined to get back to his best sooner rather than later. He was outstanding last season as the Blues cruised to the title, but they need him more than ever right now.
Chelsea fans: do you expect Hazard to find his best form when he returns from injury? Have your say below!