There are increasing concerns at Stamford Bridge ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg at Atletico Madrid as Chelsea’s influential midfielder, Eden Hazard missed Chelsea’s open training session on Monday.
The Belgium midfielder has been absent since suffering a calf injury in the second leg of the quarter-final win over Paris Saint-Germain, but Chelsea are hopeful he will recover in time for the trip to the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
When asked about Hazard on Friday, assistant coach Steve Holland admitted he could be running out of time.
“To be considered, he obviously needs to train with the group very quickly,” said Holland. “It’s a day-by-day one at the moment.”
Manager Jose Mourinho must find a way to inject fresh life into his side after Saturday’s lacklustre 2-1 defeat by Sunderland dealt a major blow to their Premier League title chances.
Fernando Torres has fallen out of favour in recent weeks, but Mourinho might consider recalling the Spaniard for the return to his former club.
David Luiz and Andre Schurrle started this weekend’s match on the bench, but are likely to be recalled to the starting line-up.