ZOLA GIVES HAZARD INJURY UPDATE AHEAD OF DERBY COUNTY CLASH

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Eden Hazard hurt his back in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United, and he hasn’t been involved for the Blues since that fixture.

The 27-year-old missed Chelsea’s 4-0 win against Burnley on Sunday, and will now sit out Chelsea’s Carabao Cup game against Derby County on Wednesday night.

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has now revealed that Hazard won’t be available for the game against Derby because he hasn’t fully recovered from injury but believes he’ll be fit enough to play Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Zola said: “He is certainly much better. I’m not sure today, maybe tomorrow he is going to join us in training. I don’t think he is going to be involved in the game tomorrow, but he is looking quite good for the weekend. We are pleased because he is such an important player for us.”

Zola also gave updates on Pedro, Olivier Giroud and Ethan Ampadu. Pedro was substituted against Burnley on Sunday due to a stomach ache, while Ampadu has been out injured since returning from the international break with Wales.

Zola added: “There is Pedro, who has had a stomach ache. He came off Sunday. He was getting better but there is still a little problem so we don’t know. We are going to assess him tomorrow.

“Also Olivier Giroud has a little fatigue problem with one of his legs. We are going to assess him tomorrow as well.

“Ethan Ampadu was back in training yesterday. Tomorrow we are going to decide whether he is going to be part of the team.”

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