Hazard left out of Chelsea squad for PAOK trip

Chelsea's 21-man travelling party for Thursday's Europa League trip to PAOK does not include Eden Hazard, David Luiz or Mateo Kovacic.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard   -  Getty Images

Eden Hazard has been left out of Chelsea's squad for its Europa League opener at PAOK. Maurizio Sarri indicated that he could rest the Belgium international after he scored a hat-trick in Saturday's Premier League defeat of Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.

And, Hazard is the headline absentee from the 21-man travelling party for Thursday's match against the Greek side. David Luiz, Mateo Kovacic and Emerson Palmieri have also been left behind by Sarri. Chelsea has won all five of its Premier League matches under the Italian ahead of its clash with PAOK.

However, it had to come from behind to down Cardiff 4-1 at the weekend, with Hazard's hat-trick turning the game around after Sol Bamba opened the scoring for the visitor.

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