Eden Hazard rated as touch and go for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester City tomorrow.
The Belgian will face a late fitness test before interim manager Guus Hiddink decides whether to include him in his plans for the Stamford Bridge fixture.
Hazard is back in training having been out of action since the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in early March.
But he will not be risked unless deemed fully fit by Hiddink, who will also be without John Terry and Loic Remy for the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Hiddink said: “We had a good week and I’m especially happy that some injured players came in, they will be on board. Not everyone, Terry will not be in.
“Hazard is on the edge but not yet. Remy will be out, the squad is complete after that.
“After first defeat, I don’t like it, but I do like that some youngsters have played that game and it is also good to see if they were able to.
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“It was not about me, but about winning. What I asked of them was to go into tomorrow’s game, and the rest of the matches, with a desire to get a good streak.”
Meanwhile, Spanish forward Diego Costa will return for Chelsea this weekend.
Costa received a three-match ban for an incident with Gareth Barry in their FA Cup tie with Everton, and has been unable to play since.
But Costa has worked hard to get back into the first team and Hiddink has been impressed with his desire to shun a break from football.
He said: “There can be a tendency to take a break, but he didn’t. He’s very ambitious, and very eager to play.
“He worked very hard - especially when we were on the road. He worked at Cobham with the staff.”