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Published: 13:37 | 28/11/18

Hazard out of PAOK tie

Eden Hazard will miss Chelsea's Europa League match tie PAOK on Thursday due to an ankle injury.

Hazard twisted his ankle after a challenge from Serge Aurier during Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday but he managed to play the full 90 minutes.

The injury is not serious but he will not be available for the visit of PAOK to Stamford Bridge with manager Maurizio Sarri confirming that Victor Moses will also miss the game

"The last problem is Moses. I spoke with the doctor and he has a back problem this morning, so I think he will not be able to play tomorrow," Sarri told his pre-match press conference.

"Then Hazard of course it is not a serious injury. He will not be able to play tomorrow but I think he will be able to recover for the Premier League match (Fulham)."

Hazard is one of the most fouled players in the Premier League and Sarri is concerned about his ability to cope with injuries.

"I am worried that he had a back injury and now ankle, so he has lost a lot of training, so it is normal he is not at the top form of his physical condition. He has one week and a couple of matches," he said. "This week it is useful for him to have training. Of course he cannot play 10 matches in 30 days, so sometimes he has to rest."

Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season came to an end at Wembley as they were beaten by Tottenham and Sarri wants to see a reaction from his team on Thursday.

"Saturday we played very badly, a match without determination. But we lost a match after 110 days I think. So the team did well generally, but we have to understand why we played against Spurs without the determination, it is not normal," he said.

"I want to see a reaction tomorrow and on Sunday. I want to see we have learned from our mistakes."

The Blues need one point to secure passage to the knockout stages of the Europa League and, with the busy Christmas and New Year period approaching, Sarri has confirmed he will make changes to his side for Thursday's game.

"I think so. We have ten matches in December. We have two targets, to qualify and to win our group. We need one point, but can’t think about that. So the target for tomorrow is to win the match. We can do this," he said. 

Chelsea host PAOK in the UEFA Europa League at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, 29 November live on BT Sport on the eir sport pack [kick-off 8pm]. Subscribe here

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