Eden Hazard is facing a race against time to make Chelsea’s clash with Crystal Palace after picking up a calf injury.
The Eagles will visit Stamford Bridge on April 1 but Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez has revealed the midfielder will be on the sidelines for the next 10 to 15 days with a calf injury.
Hazard did not feature for Chelsea in their 2-1 victory over Stoke at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday after pulling up in training with the injury 24 hours earlier.
The 26-year-old will miss Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Greece on Saturday and the friendly with Russia on Tuesday as a result and Martinez confirmed his captain would continue to be assessed by the medical staff of both the national team and Chelsea
Chelsea, who are currently 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League, welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge in 12 days time.
“Eden has suffered an injury before the match against Stoke, it does not look so serious,” Martinez said. “But he will not play against Greece. We are going to follow the injury.
“It is a big disappointment for Eden that he cannot lead the team. If you want to be a good team, you have to absorb everything.
“This is a good test for us. I see enough players who can take over his role.”