The end of the international break sees the season kick off properly for Chelsea fans and Eden Hazard fitness has been something fans have been sweating over during the break.
7 games across 3 different competitions prove the first proper test of depth and quality of the 2017/2018 Chelsea squad.
Hopefully, the international break and closing of the transfer window will have given players and fans perspective and inspiration to push the team forward.
One player missing in August that will be pivotal is Eden Hazard, he comes into the side having helped Belgium become the first European side to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
It is always frustrating when a player returns to fitness in an international break but it seems that he has come through unscathed.
This is important as we face Arsenal, Man City, Athletico Madrid and a tricky trip to Stoke during the next four weeks. Hazard is the kind of the player that can be the difference between success and failure in these tough games.
Eden Hazard Fitness The Key To Our Season
The fitness of Eden Hazard could be what makes or breaks our season. We will need the Hazard of last season and not the one before if we are to have any chance of retaining our title. He is the allan key of our attack that can unlock even the toughest of doors.
It has been a tough start to the season without him and I am excited to see how he will interact and partner with Alvaro Morata.
If the two of them can build a solid partnership then Premier League defences will quake in terror. Morata has had a bright start to his Chelsea career and the return of Hazard could be what is needed to keep things rolling.
Teams Chelsea Play In September
Premier League – Leicester (a) Arsenal (H) Stoke (a) Manchester City (H)
EFL Cup – Nottingham Forest
Champions League – FK Qarabag (H), Athletico Madrid (a)