Sarri confirms double injury blow for Chelsea tie with PAOK

Europa League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 28/11/2018

Maurizio Sarri has confirmed a double injury blow for Chelsea ahead of PAOK Salonika clash in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night at Stamford Bridge.

The 59-year-old Italian coach has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a team news and injury update as the Blues boss will do without Eden Hazard and Victor Moses.

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Belgium international has been ruled out with an ankle injury that he picked up during the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday while out-of-favour winger and retired Nigerian star will play no part in the game against the Greek Super League side due to a back problem.

Sarri told reporters: "The last problem is Moses. I spoke with the doctor and he has a back problem this morning, so I think he will not be able to play tomorrow.

''Then Hazard of course it is not a serious injury. He will not be able to play tomorrow but I think he will be able to recover for the Premier League match (Fulham).

Moses has not started a competitive game for Chelsea since September 26 when he went the distance against Liverpool in the League Cup and England U17 World Cup-winning winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to be included in the matchday squad. 

Chelsea head into the game tomorrow sitting six points clear of Vidi at the top of Group L so they just need to avoid defeat against third-placed POAK to secure top spot with a game to spare.