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Eden Hazard's injury not as serious as Chelsea first feared

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Eden Hazard became the Premier League's biggest laughing stock on Sunday after he managed just 15 minutes against Crystal Palace before declaring he was unfit to play and walking off.

It brought up memories of one of his final encounters with Jose Mourinho, who had suggested that Hazard had made the most of an injury during a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City to bag himself an early bath.

But while the Belgian recovered quickly from that ailment, he is set for a longer spell on the sidelines after injuring his groin. In fact, until yesterday, according the ESPN, Chelsea physios were fearing a serious problem.

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Hazard underwent scans at Chelsea's Cobham training centre on Monday, which have since confirmed that there has been no significant damage to the area.

The 24-year-old is now expected to miss the next two weeks, ruling him out of the FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe as well as Premier League home games against West Brom and Everton.

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Will he be missed?

It was a relief for the Blues, despite the fact that the reigning PFA Player of the Year has been less than impressive. But will he be missed? On current form, you can only suggest that he won't.

While very few Chelsea players have emerged from the first half of the season with much credit, Hazard appears to have fallen harder and further than most. He is yet to score this season and looks a shadow of his former self.

Time to leave?

Hazard's failure to launch this season has also led to suggestions that he may be growing tired of life in the Premier League.

Ever since his arrival in 2012, Hazard has had to endure brutal physicality from typical English defences and critics have suggested he will only be able to reach his potential on the continent.

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