Chelsea playmaker, Eden Hazard, will not feature in Wednesday night’s game against Sunderland. The Belgian, who has been in fine form for the Premier League leaders, has picked up a knock and will be unavailable.
Willian is expected to come in for him. The 28-year-old has not started a Premier League match since October, after he returned to Brazil on compassionate leave.
“The manager changed the team because I was in a difficult moment. I lost my mum and I had to stay in Brazil for a few days,” he said.
“I missed some games and the team started to win and play well. Pedro came in and he did very well.
“But the manager talked to me and told me to stay concentrated, to work hard in training and when I come into the game to try to do my best. I feel more fresh and good to come back in the team.
“He gives me confidence to get back in the team and train hard to play well. I am happy because I came in and helped my team-mates to win that game (against Man City).
“Sometimes the game is asking to change some things, to put in another player and change the system. The players on the bench have to be focused because, when you go in, you have to do something different.”
Antonio Conte’s men are on a nine-game winning run and will be hoping to make it 10 against Sunderland.