Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has the club's long-term interests in mind with his cautious approach towards selecting Eden Hazard as they prepare for Wednesday's Champions League game against Atletico Madrid.
After making his first start of the season in the Carabao Cup last week, the Belgium international was again named as a substitute for Chelsea's 4-0 Premier League win over Stoke City on Saturday as he continues to recover from a fractured ankle.
'I think now Eden is improving a lot and for sure he's in contention for Atletico Madrid,' Conte told reporters.
Antonio Conte is considering unleashing Eden Hazard against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday
Four of Hazard's five Chelsea appearances so far this season have been as a substitute
Chelsea have been patient with Hazard, who broke his ankle in June, and will continue to be so
Blues manager Conte explained: 'After a bad injury and surgery you need time'
'After a bad injury and surgery you need time. He's almost ready