Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been accused of faking his hip injury during the latest Premier League defeat to Leicester in an alleged attempt to boycott Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Hazard was eventually substituted after around half an hour of the Blues’ 2-1 loss on Monday, with the Belgian picking up a hip injury following a heavy tackle from Jamie Vardy.
The winger again entered the field of play but left soon after, and was substituted by the ineffective Pedro at the King Power Stadium.
Mourinho labelled Hazard’s injury as “serious” quite sarcastically after the match, and now newspaper reports in the the 24-year-old’s country are questioning the winger’s motive.
it was an early blow for Chelsea at the King Power Stadium when Eden Hazard limped out of the pitch on 31 minutes after a late tackle by Vardy, and Mourinho insisted he didn’t understand the extent of the injury before the Belgian left the field.
“The only thing I know is in 10 seconds he made the decision himself,” Mourinho went on saying, “It must be a serious injury because he just left the pitch and just made the decision not to go in.
“His first reaction was ‘I can’t’ and I was going to make the change. His second reaction was ‘I want to try,’ and when he goes on the pitch, first step he immediately says ‘I can’t do it.’ It was him in a few seconds who had three different perspectives, but clearly he couldn’t do it.”
Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in each half were enough to take Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City back to the league summit and leave Chelsea, who managed to pull one back thanks to Remy on 77 minutes, only a single point above the relegation zone after 16 matches this season.
Hazard will undergo a scan on the hip injury in order to assess severity, but it is suggested he will be fit to face Sunderland in a relegation six-pointer this weekend.