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Thursday 19 October 2017

Blues miss Costa and Hazard

Chelsea's Diego Costa Photo: PA Wire
Chelsea's Diego Costa Photo: PA Wire

Chelsea will be without Spain striker Diego Costa and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard for the home derby with West Ham United today because of suspension and injury respectively.

Costa is banned after being sent off in last weekend's FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Everton.

Hazard, who missed the game at Everton with a thigh problem, is again sidelined for the Premier League fixture with fifth-placed West Ham and has also been left out of Belgium's squad for the March 29 friendly against Portugal. "Eden has discomfort in a tendon in the muscle from his upper thigh," Chelsea's interim coach Guus Hiddink said.

"It will be good for him to rest. When he starts in the Euro (2016 finals in June) it will be with better physical fitness."

With Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy and Alexandre Pato working their way back to full fitness, Hiddink has challenged his three back-up strikers to prove they are worthy of selection.

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