Chelsea star Eden Hazard has missed the last two matches due to a back injury, yet is set to return to full fitness on the weekend.
Blues assistant manager Gianfranco Zola told Sky Sports Hazard is “looking good” to return to action on Sunday against Crystal Palace, clearly a massive blow for the Eagles.
The Belgian has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season, sitting atop the scoring charts with seven goals in nine matches. In addition, the attacker has contributed three assists in the league, terrorising opposition defences in the process.
Palace would have been hoping that Hazard would remain on the sidelines for Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge, as no backline relishes the prospect of containing the in-form 27-year-old.
Yet the Eagles can take solace from their performance against high-flying Arsenal last Sunday, when Palace held the Gunners to a 2-2 draw and stopped their stunning winning run.
In particular, young fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be supremely tested, and the 20-year-old must build on his superb individual display in neutralising Alex Iwobi.
Roy Hodgson’s side will have undoubtedly been despondent at the news Eden Hazard will likely be fit for the weekend, but the Crystal Palace rearguard will also feel that recent performances prove they are up to the task of containing the league’s top-scorer.