CHELSEA boss Maurizio Sarri has admitted he does to know when Eden Hazard will be fully fit after his back problems.
The Belgian picked up the injury against Manchester United last month after a strong challenge from Ashley Young.
It has led to the 27-year-old missing out against BATE Borisov, Burnley and Derby.
There was hope that the winger would be back for the upcoming clash against Crystal Palace this weekend.
But Sarri has revealed that the likelihood of him completing the full 90 is low.
When asked whether or not Hazard was fit, the Italian coach said: “I don’t know.
“Eden yesterday had a large part of the training with the team.
“He might not be ready for 90 minutes yet. It was the first part of training for a few weeks.
“He might be able to play for 40/45 minutes. I want to speak with him first.”
The former Lille forward has been Chelsea’s star man this season, scoring eight and assisting three.
It has been a major reason for the Blues’ unbeaten start in the Premier League, something Sarri admitted has surprised him.
He added: “Every experience I have had before I have been in trouble in the first two months.
“I think here I was lucky because my players were able to win without a high level of tactical level.”
Recently, Willian admitted that the other players must step up for Chelsea to alleviate the pressure on Hazard.
He said: “We know how important Hazard is for us, but we have a great team with a lot of quality players.
“Sometimes he can’t score or make an assist, that’s why we need the whole team. Sometimes he tries and it doesn’t work.
“The other players have to work together to try and do something with each other. Against Manchester United was like that. He tried to score, he tried to dribble.
“Will teams look to target him? Yes of course – when a game is like that they look at him, but it means others can find more space.”