Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed that Eden Hazard is slowly getting back up to speed after his recent injury problems, although the interim boss also declared that there is no rush to get him back playing for fear of a recurrence.


The reigning PFA and FWA Player of the Year lasted just 16 minutes before being forced off in the recent Premier League win over Crystal Palace, while missing the weekend's FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe altogether.

"Hazard was on the pitch today with the physios and trainers, he's doing better and better but is still not available," Hiddink explained to the media at a press conference on Tuesday.


Elaborating on the situation, the interim boss added, "He's not been with the group. We want to have him fit. It's better a little late than one hour too early."

Asked whether Hazard would be given special attention or needed a kind arm on his shoulder after a tough first half of the season, Hiddink replied, "I'm not his mother!"


Discussing the further needs of his players, the Dutchman added, "They get proper attention and it's all an individual approach. One needs a lash, another one needs an arm.


"It's individual. Another one needs to be pinched a bit. It's different. But we will give him the time to come back to the level where he can play."

Hazard has failed to score a single goal in any competition this season, while providing just three assists. He was one of a number of players to struggle under Jose Mourinho's harsh management.


There have been suggestions of personal unrest with rumours of Real Madrid's interest difficult to ignore. But Hiddink feels that has everything has stemmed from physical issues and that Hazard will therefore soon be back to his best.

"He won all these trophies but this season it's been mostly physical problems," the boss said. "He has to enjoy it and get rid of his physical problems, automatically he will then come into his normal shape of play."


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