Chelsea boss Antonio Conte cautious over rushing Eden Hazard back from a broken ankle
Posted: 25 September 2017 Time: 17:07
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he will not rush Eden Hazard back but admits the forward could be ready to start against Atletico Madrid.
The Belgium international has yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues this season after fracturing his ankle in June, although he managed the full 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest last week.
However, Hazard was back on the bench for Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Stoke City and while Conte is cautious over the 26-year-old, he could be convinced to start him in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League trip to Atletico.
“I think Eden is improving a lot and in contention for the game [in Madrid],” said the tactician.
“After his injury and surgery you need time, and if I make the decision [to start him] it is because I think he is ready.
“When you are in a great team with many great players, you must understand that you need to be ready to start on the bench, ready to come on and make a difference.
“I don’t see a problem. We are managing his recovery very well. Hazard is very important for us, so we have to make sure he is ready to play a full game.
“There are no injury worries. The players are fit and now it’s important to rest and recover well for the game on Wednesday and not forgetting we have another tough game on Saturday against Manchester City.”