Chelsea’s Hazard accused of faking injury in Mourinho protest

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been accused of faking an injury during Monday night’s loss at Leicester City as part of a protest at his manager Jose Mourinho.

The Belgian’s relationship with his manager has eroded significantly so far this season, with the Portuguese tactician having dropped the 2014/15 PFA Player of the Year from his starting XI and publicly criticised his work rate.

Although Hazard has been welcomed back into the Chelsea XI in recent weeks, the club’s results have remained poor, leading to suggestions that Mourinho has lost the faith of his players just months after leading them to the Premier League title.

The 24-year-old was taken off in the first half after going down under a challenge from Jamie Vardy in the 2-1 defat at the hands of table-topping Leicester, but subsequent scans have not found a significant problem.

And a newspaper in Belgium, brought about by a tweet from respected journalist Kristof Terreur and Metro, alleges that Hazard himself faked the injury to get out of playing for the Blues.

The strength of this statement is as of yet unknown and Chelsea have not commented. Hazard was the player involved in the now infamous Eva Carneiro episode earlier this season.