CHELSEA might be pressured to recall Olivier Giroud for Sunday’s conflict at Crystal Palace.
Maurizio Sarri has performed Eden Hazard as a ‘false 9’ in latest weeks with Giroud dropping to the bench and Alvaro Morata not even within the squad regardless of recovering from a knee harm suffered this month.
However accidents to Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi might even see the France striker introduced again into the fold.
Pedro began Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Watford however got here off injured earlier than half-time.
Hudson-Odoi changed the Spain winger however limped off with 5 minutes to go.
Sarri stated: “We have now two issues.
“The primary most critical with Pedro. He has an harm in his hamstring and I feel he must relaxation for about ten days.
“The second drawback is [Hudson-Odoi]. It is not critical however I do not assume he’ll have the ability to play within the subsequent match.”
With each wingers unavailable, Hazard might be moved again to his most well-liked left-wing, with Willian on the proper and Giroud up entrance.
The ex-Arsenal striker has scored only one Premier League purpose this season, whereas Morata has 5.
Belgium celebrity Hazard, 27, stays adamant he prefers to function on the wing.
When quizzed on his choice to shift Hazard into the centre, Sarri turned pissed off and pledged to maintain on fielding him the place he sees match.
He stated: “I can not see the issue of Hazard on this function, he performed 4 matches as false quantity 9, and he scored three targets and two assists.
“I’m actually very proud of him on this place as a result of he is very in a position to rating, initially, however he is very in a position to open areas for the team-mates, to come back and play with the team-mates.
“So in the intervening time I’m very proud of him on this place, however sooner or later he can even play as a winger in fact.
“I do not know if he prefers to play as a winger or a striker, but when he is ready to play within the final match within the centre for me it is not an issue to place him within the centre.”