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Chelsea boss Hiddink admits to fears for Eden Hazard

By Matt McGeehan

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has "concerns" about Eden Hazard's fitness and form.

Hazard was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night's Champions League exit to Paris St Germain, when his half-time shirt swap with Angel di Maria invited the fans' fury.

The Belgium playmaker's father Thierry claimed that Hazard has had the injury for up to four months but has had to play on.

Hiddink says Hazard is "desperate" to feature in today's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton.

"His father made a fair judgment. He is not absent of injury," Hiddink said. "What is an injury? You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.

"I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he's not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or another part of the game (as a substitute). We're trying to help him.

"He will be available (against Everton)."

Striker Diego Costa is undergoing treatment for a hip problem that forced him off against PSG and is a doubt for the trip to Everton, but captain John Terry will return after a six-match absence with a hamstring problem.

The defender lifted the FA Cup in 2009 during Hiddink's first caretaker spell as manager.

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