Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri revealed that Eden Hazard has been given green light by doctors to play against Europa League following a back injury.
The Blues will take on BATE Borisov tonight in away clash following the West London side’s 3-1 win over the Belarusian side last month.
Hazard, who picked up the injury in last month’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, has since missed three consecutive games.
The Belgium international was introduced as a substitute in the Blues’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
But Italian boss Sarri has confirmed that the playmaker was given green light by the club’s medical staff to start against BATE at Borisov Arena.
“From our doctor, there is no risk [to take Hazard to Borisov],” Sarri said.
“Otherwise he [would stay] at Cobham. In the last match, he played 30 minutes.”
“The best for tomorrow is that he plays 45 to 50 minutes.”
Sarri has also revealed that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has been left at home, with Olivier Giroud set to start in his place.
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“[Morata] played for three matches in a row, so I thought it was better to rest at Cobham and have good training,” Sarri added.
“The only problem is Cesc [Fabregas]. He had a fever.”
Asked if he was tempted to continue playing Morata given his recent goal-rush, Sarri added: “No. I think it is the opposite. Morata stayed in Cobham just to rest, and then just to have training.”
“I think it is better for him to stay fit with two or three [training sessions] than only with matches.”
“It is normal. Sometimes it is better than to rest than always play.”
“To train and physical qualities. If they only play they will lose that physical quality.”
Sarri also offered an insight into the type of training Chelsea avoid at Cobham.
“Not at all [weights], today [Morata] had aerobic work,” Sarri said.
“It is too long to explain. Training tomorrow he will have force training.”
“We don’t use any weights. I have never seen a player with a weight on a pitch.”