Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has concerns about Eden Hazard’s form.
Hazard was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night’s Champions League exit to Paris St Germain, when his half-time shirt swap with Angel Di Maria invited the fans’ fury.
The Belgium playmaker’s father Thierry told Le Soir that Hazard has had the injury for up to four months – it first occurred under Jose Mourinho, whom Hiddink replaced in December – but has had to play on.
Hiddink says Hazard is “desperate” to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.
“His father made a fair judgement. He is not absent of injury,” Hiddink said.
“What is an injury? You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.
“I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he’s not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or another part of the game (as a substitute). We’re trying to help him.
“He will be available (against Everton). He’s desperate to participate in a team performance.”