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Published: 12:12 | 1/4/16

Hazard remains sidelined

Guus Hiddink will not be able to call on Eden Hazard for the trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Hazard limped off with a hip problem during Chelsea's Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain on March 9 and was ruled out of Belgium's recent friendly against Portugal.

He is working with the Chelsea physios, but Hiddink has confirmed he will not be available for the game against relegation-strugglers Aston Villa.

"I will talk to the medical staff again today but Hazard is not available for now. He is on the pitch but with the physios, outside the group," Hiddink reported.

Diego Costa is unavailable through suspension, but Hiddink is pleased with his fitness after a recent injury scare.

"Costa trained very well the past week, he was very ambitious and enjoyed working. He is not injured any more," the manager explained.

Hiddink, meanwhile, has hinted that Alexandre Pato could be in line to make his long-awaited debut for Chelsea.

Pato has yet to make an appearance for Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge on loan from Corinthians in January, but Hiddink is considering tinkering with his side for the final few games of the season.

"Whether he will be actively involved we will see tomorrow but we have now eight games coming up and there's not much to win, to be honest, for Chelsea anymore," Hiddink said.

"I don't give any player a guarantee but there might be some time for experiments. He has worked very hard in the international break, along with the other strikers.

"When I started we had just Diego [as a striker] and that was one of the reasons that Pato was coming on loan but, meanwhile, there was development for Traore, who progressed rather fast.

"Remy is coming back after injury and I try to make fair judgements as well. We have eight games to go and there might be some options."

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