Chelsea injury update: Hazard to miss Burnley clash? Who will start for Sarri?

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Chelsea will chase an eighth Premier League home game unbeaten when they return to domestic action following their seven-goal thriller against Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues stormed into the Europa League semi-finals with a four-goal first-half blitz before enduring a spirit Slavia comeback to win 4-3.

Maurizio Sarri’s side sit fifth in the Premier League ahead of kick off, level with Arsenal, who have a superior goal difference, and a point behind third-place Tottenham.

The Gunners have played one less game than Chelsea, who are two points ahead of Man Utd with a game extra to play.

With the battle for fourth spot in the Premier League still finely balanced, Burnley visit Stamford Bridge tonight hoping to take advantage of a busy period that has stretched Sarri’s squad.

Chelsea injury update and team news

Eden Hazard suffered a knock in the early stages of the win that made Chelsea the first English side to win 11 major European games in a single season on Thursday.

The inspirational forward, who was announced on Saturday as one of six contenders for the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year, received treatment in the opening stages before being replaced in the 65th minute.

Belgium talisman Hazard has scored nine times in 17 top-flight games played by Chelsea on a Monday, including both goals in the 2-0 win when West Ham visited a fortnight ago.

Sarri looked to quell concerns over Hazard’s condition, describing the issue as a “strong knock.”

The Chelsea boss said: “It’s nothing serious, I hope. I think we can recover him in time.”

The hosts have greater concerns over Germany defender Antonio Rüdiger’s knee injury, sustained during the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool eight days ago.

Rüdiger had to be helped off the pitch at Anfield, so David Luiz and Andreas Christensen are expected to repeat their centre-back partnership as he continues his recovery.

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Sarri wants his players to maintain their intensity and exorcise defeats to Tottenham and Man Utd on the Easter weekend in the last two seasons.

The Italian said: “It’s a problem we have had for the last two months where we start the second half badly. We need to solve this because in the last 10 matches it has been the same.

“We are not able to restart the game immediately. I don’t know why that is. It’s not easy to understand otherwise we could solve the problem quickly.’

Burnley won 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of last season but Chelsea have won six of the last nine encounters between the sides, including a 4-0 win at Turf Moor in October.

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