Chelsea will be handed a major boost with Eden Hazard returning to full training ahead of their clash against Arsenal on Sunday (24 January). The Belgian has recovered from a groin injury suffered during the Blues' 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
According to the Daily Mail, the Belgian international, who has missed the last three games, trained with the first team on Friday and is on course to resume his sessions this week. The report claims a decision on the midfielder's participation in Chelsea's clash against the north London club will be made depending on his response in the upcoming training sessions.
Guus Hiddink, who has admitted that his club are in a relegation battle, will not take a chance with regards to Hazard's fitness and could opt to leave him out of the squad to face Arsenal. Moreover, it is believed the midfielder will also be wary of returning ahead of schedule due to the possibility of further injury to his groin. Something like that could jeopardise his place in Belgium's squad for Euro 2016 in France in June.
The 25-year-old attacker, who was Chelsea's key player when they won the title last season, has struggled for form this campaign. Hazard has no goals to show in 19 appearances in all competitions this season. The Dutch manager will hope that will change as the club look to make their way back up the Premier League table. The west London club, who are in 14th place, look to have turned a corner and are unbeaten in January thus far, having won two and drawn as many in all competitions.
Meanwhile, another dilemma facing Chelsea ahead of their trip to the Emirates Stadium is the availability of Diego Costa, who suffered a bruised tibia during their 3-3 draw against Everton on Saturday (16 January). The Spain international forward, who had a difficult start to the season, is slowly getting back into form and has scored three goals in his last four games.