Chelsea are set to welcome Eden Hazard back into the first team against Sunderland this weekend after the Belgian shrugged off a bruise he sustained in a clash with Jamie Vardy in their game against Leicester City. The Blues are going through a crisis in terms of results and need all the help they can to get their season back on track.
Belgian paper HLN has reported that the player has suffered an innocuous hip injury, despite Jose Mourinho stating after the game that the problem may be serious as Hazard decided to walk off the pitch. The Player of the Year from last season has failed to set the league alight with his performances this time around, but remains an integral member of the team as Mourinho looks for a solution to the barrage of poor results.
Scans on the player suggested that the injury is nothing to write home about, but his fitness will be assessed after he is back in training with the first team. The weekend's game has turned into an unlikely six pointer for a spot in the relegation zone where a loss will see the Black Cats overtake Jose Mourinho's men in the league table, who are struggling on 16th spot, only a point safe from the drop.
A loss against Sunderland could end Mourinho's stay at Stamford Bridge, as owner Roman Abramovich is already looking at Juande Ramos as a possible stop-gap option for the Blues until the end of the summer. The defending Champions are likely to be in the market for a well-known name by the end of the season, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone hopefuls to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Pep Guardiola has all but decided to leave Bayern Munich and is expected to announce his desire to move to Manchester City next season. The Bayern Munich manager has won league titles in Spain and Germany, but is now ready to test the waters in the Premier League.