Eden Hazard is out of Chelsea's Europa League clash

Mae Harvey
September 23, 2018

Twenty-one players have travelled and changes are expected, with the Blues seeking a sixth win from six Premier League games at West Ham on Sunday.

The Austrian striker picked up a knee injury against Arsenal on August 25 and has been playing in pain ever since.

"He played very well in that game against Everton and, we hope he will have recovered for the next game".

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is facing a spell on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery, the Premier League club have announced.

"I don't know about Hazard". I might change four or five players, it is impossible to change every player in the match. Reports said the former Arsenal player and England worldwide could be out of action for up to six weeks.

"Put him in the Liverpool and Manchester City team at this moment in time and I think he might be able to". He was recently omitted from the Republic of Ireland's squad as he considers a switch of allegiance to England.

Southgate has not given London-born Rice any assurances, saying it would be "unethical" to do so, while Republic boss Martin O'Neill has deemed it best to give the player some breathing space.

West Ham ended a 11-game run of conceding against Chelsea at home in the league when they won 1-0 in December - they last kept successive clean sheets at home versus the Blues in August 1969.

Noble led a frank and brutally honest team meeting after West Ham had crashed to their fourth successive league defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Dear believed the skipper had backed up those words with a workmanlike performance which rubbed off on his teammates at Goodison Park.

The contrast with Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean hired to turn under-achieving West Ham United into a credible force, could hardly be greater.

Arnautovic's availability may go a long way to determining the result, as his first West Ham goal split the sides in the same fixture last season.

West Ham scored in each of the last 7 clashes with Chelsea. This time, the spotlight will be on the youngster - let's see if it will be the teenager that does the shining.

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