Chelsea latest: Hazard confident despite injury, Real Madrid star linked

Ashley Cole

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Chelsea are preparing to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, but will be sweating over the fitness of star player Eden Hazard, who picked up a knock during Belgium's friendly against Ivory Coast last night. Belgium boss Marc Wilmots said “Eden’s stocking was broken and his ankle was swollen. Such things happen in top-level football.", probably aware that Blues boss Jose Mourinho wouldn't be too pleased about the news after rumours suggested he'd asked for Hazard to be given a rest.

Hazard himself suggested that he would be fit to play this weekend, saying; “It hurt but I think I can play this weekend. After 20 seconds I got a kick. A nice welcome but I’m not worried.”

Plenty of other Chelsea stars were in action last night, with Ashley Cole starting for England despite his bit-part role in the Blues side this year, and domestic and international team mate Gary Cahill praised Cole's display in England's 1-0 win over Denmark last night.

"You never would have known that Ashley has not played for so long. I asked him how he felt afterwards and he told me he was feeling great and how much he loved being out on the pitch again “Normally when you have been out for a few games you can come back a bit rusty but he didn’t show any sign of that at all. He looked really sharp and it was good to see him back out there," said Cahill.

“Ashley has shown he is one of the best left-backs in the country for 107 caps now and is still a quality footballer. He dropped straight back in as if he’d never been away and it was pleasing to see for us players and I am sure for the manager as well," he added.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has been linked with a swoop for his former Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. The French youngster is expected to feature at the World Cup this summer, and Mourinho labelled the former Lens man 'the best young defender in the world'.

“I think [Varane] is the best young central defender in the world. Already I think he’s the best,” Mourinho said. "A young player must be somebody who plays in the World Cup for the first time. These are players like [Eden] Hazard, Neymar and Rafa Varane. Maybe I forget some others.”

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