Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed that Eden Hazard, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao will remain on the sidelines for the FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United on Sunday (10 January). The Dutch boss said the Belgium international will also miss the Premier League encounter with West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday to avoid another injury setback.
Hazard suffered an injury during Jose Mourinho's last game in charge, the 2-1 defeat at Leicester City on 14 December. He returned to action for the busy Christmas period but picked up a new knock in the 3-0 win at Selhurst Park last weekend, limping off after just 15 minutes in the pitch.
Hiddink says he will not rush his comeback, ruling him out for the games against Scunthorpe and West Brom, with recent reports claiming he could be back available for the derby against Arsenal on 24 January.
"Hazard will not make midweek [games against West Brom]," he said. "We must be careful because a player must not fall again after twice being injured in a physical trap. This time we must take a little bit more time.
"He was fit to play but he had an unfortunate slip in the Crystal Palace game. We must be careful to maybe [bring him back] one game or half a game later than one or half a game too early."
The manager, meanwhile, has also expressed his concerns about the shortage of options in his attack, after confirming that both Remy and long-term absentee Falcao remain out, leaving Diego Costa as the only number nine at his disposal. Hiddink, nevertheless, suggests that he can also use a young player to fill the gap in his attack, as the club face three games in the space of just nine days.
"We have to be very cautious about our striker, not having Remy and Falcao is worrying," he said as quoted by Standard Sport. "Now I have settled in a bit I have had more time to analyse the young players between 18-21, so maybe there will be a surprise there.
"I'm still a bit worried about his [Falcao's] situation. When I came in he was injured. He trained again, then had a setback. I gave him rest to recover but we will see what happens. He is out of the cycle for the squad."