Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has admitted his concern with the form of midfielder Eden Hazard as the on-field struggles of last season’s PFA Player of the Year continue.
The Belgium international has had a radical decline in form this season with only two goals from 38 appearances whereas last season he grabbed 14 goals and nine assists.
The struggling playmaker has also lost favour of a section of the Chelsea supporters after he was booed after requesting to be substituted for an injury during the 2-1 loss to PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Hiddink shares the views of Hazard senior, Thierry, that a persisting hip injury has played a factor during his season.
“He will be OK, he will be available. He’s desperate to participate in the team performance,” Hiddink told ESPN.
“Every now and then I see he is capable of doing beautiful and very efficient things. His father made very good comments about this. Some players have difficult times although they are trying. That’s what he’s doing in training.
“Sometimes you have players who if they don’t feel well, don’t appear on the pitch.
“There’s always a lot of emotion involved when someone is not doing what he’s able to do. I try to exclude a lot of emotion and see whether his work rate is ok.”