Eden Hazard has been ruled out of Chelsea’s game with BATE in the Europa League due to a back problem.
The club’s manager Maurizio Sarri said he feared that the Belgium international could also force him to miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley.
Hazard has been in scintillating form this season, scoring eight goals already, but Sarri will have to do without the 27-year-old on Thursday when the Blues host the Belarusian side.
“Tomorrow [he] is out for sure,” Sarri told a news conference on Wednesday.
“He has a back problem and we are trying to solve the problem for Sunday. It’s not very easy.”
Another player who appears unlikely to feature against BATE is Italy international Jorginho.
Sarri is mindful of resting the 26-year-old given the quick turnaround for the trip to Turf Moor, plus the EFL Cup clash with Derby County next Wednesday.
“The problem will be on Sunday, when we will play after 65 hours, so we need to change something,” Sarri added.
“For example, Jorginho needs to rest now because he played for 90 minutes in the two matches with the national team, then for 90 minutes – or, better, for 100 minutes – in the last match [against Manchester United].”