Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard will miss Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest through injury.
Hazard, who signed from Lille in June 2012, has played in every league match for Chelsea so far this season and also featured in their opening Champions League clash, a 2-1 defeat to Basel at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Belgium international will be unavailable as Jose Mourinho’s men look to atone for that setback, with an ankle injury ruling him out of the trip to the Romanian capital.
The 22-year-old reportedly suffered the knock in a challenge with Kyle Walker during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Tottenham.
He joins midfielder Marco van Ginkel – who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following knee ligament surgery – in the treatment room.
Still, Hazard is not anticipated to be out for long, and will likely return for their game with Norwich City on Sunday.
Recent signing Willian could well come into the side in Hazard’s absence, with the Brazilian having made just two appearances since his move from Anzhi Makhachkala in August.
Chelsea will have designs on improving on their last result at Bucharest’s National Arena, which came in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League in March, when the hosts triumphed 1-0.
The London club ultimately overturned that deficit with a 3-1 victory at home, before going on to win the competition, and they should be favourites for this meeting as they aim to get their European campaign back on track.