Eden Hazard only featured for 17 minutes against Paris Saint Germain during Chelsea's successful come-from-behind aggregate away-goal in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday evening as the in-demand Belgium attacker was withdrawn due to injury.
The forward, Chelsea's consensus player of the year due to his skill with the ball and his prolific chance creating, was replaced by Andre Schurrle who was able to play to a high standard in his favoured position - even providing the first of Chelsea's two decisive goals.
Hazard, speaking to France television Canal+, implied that his substitution was merely a precautionary measure, something that will no doubt be well received at Stamford Bridge as supporters - and indeed manager Jose Mourinho - had come to rely on the player as an outlet for goals and for assists.
His contributions have, after all, been vital in the club's campaign on two current fronts - in Europe and in the Premier League.
"I had already felt some pain in my calf during the warming-up," Hazard, 23, said. "I didn't want to take a risk."
It is unclear at this moment whether he will be available for selection for Chelsea's trip to Swansea City on Sunday.