We are done with international football and Premier League football will resume this weekend. Chelsea host Crystal Palace on the 1st of April, and it’ll be an interesting encounter.
Eden Hazard missed Belgium’s games against Greece and Russia, as he was unavailable for the Red Devils due to injury. He missed Chelsea’s last league game against Stoke City as well due to a calf strain.
There were fears the Belgian will be unavailable for the game against Crystal Palace and Manchester City which comes up four days after the Palace game. But Hazard has resumed training and will be fit for Saturday’s showdown.
But I believe giving Hazard a rest against Palace wouldn’t be a bad idea. The trio of Diego Costa, Pedro Rodriguez and Willian can do the job for Chelsea, while Hazard observes a rest. The trio can get the result against an improved Sam Allardyce Crystal Palace, while we rest Hazard for the much bigger fishes to fry.
April will be hectic for Chelsea, as the Blues have seven games to play, and two of those games will be played in midweek. Four days after the game against Palace, Chelsea will face Manchester City, and we’d need the Belgian fully fit for that game. We also have big games like a trip to Old Trafford, an FA Cup semifinal clash with Tottenham, as well as a trip to Goodison Park all in the month of April, not forgetting the games against Bournemouth and Southampton.
Resting Hazard might be a blessing in disguise, but I trust Conte and his medical staffs to take the best decision.