Hazard ruled out of Europa final

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is out of Wednesday's Europa League final with Benfica due to a hamstring injury.

Last Updated: 14/05/13 at 19:40

Eden Hazard: Will miss Europa League final due to a hamstring injury

Eden Hazard: Will miss Europa League final due to a hamstring injury

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Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is out of Wednesday's Europa League final with Benfica due to a hamstring injury, but captain John Terry will be given a chance to prove he has recovered from his ankle problem.

Hazard and defender Terry suffered the injuries in last Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Aston Villa.

Interim boss Rafael Benitez confirmed Belgian forward Hazard's absence at the eve-of-match press conference and revealed a final decision on Terry will be made on Wednesday ahead of kick-off at the Amsterdam ArenA.

"Hazard will not be available," Benitez said.

"John still we will try and see how he feels. We will try to see tomorrow."

Terry missed last season's Champions League final win in Munich through suspension and his injury means he faces further continental heartache.

"Now it's not easy for him,'' Benitez added. "It's not the best injury, but we will see today, we will see tomorrow with the medical staff and after we will decide.''

The 32-year-old former England captain's place in the side was already doubtful in a competitive position in central defence, with David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic the Blues' other options.

The loss of Belgian playmaker Hazard will be more keenly felt by the Blues as they go in search of back-to-back European trophies.

Coupled with the concern over John Obi Mikel, who has a hip problem, it may mean Frank Lampard is included, in all likelihood as captain.

Lampard, who became the club's record goalscorer by netting twice in the win at Villa Park, could be deployed in a deep midfield role alongside Luiz, with

Ramires pushed further forward alongside Juan Mata and Oscar. Lampard's future has been shrouded in doubt for much of the season.

The England midfielder, who will be 35 in June, is out of contract at the end of the season, with talks on his fate likely to take place after Sunday's 69th and final match of the season at home to Everton.

Lampard said: "I don't know what the future exactly holds, but it doesn't matter tomorrow night. It's about winning the game.''

Chelsea travelled to Amsterdam with a 25-man squad, with left-back Ryan Bertrand (knee) a doubt, but midfielder Oriol Romeu is in contention following his long-term absence with a knee problem.

Demba Ba also travelled, but the striker is ineligible after playing for former club Newcastle earlier in the competition.


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