Alert: Eden Hazard injured

The Guardian’s Dominic Fifield has reported that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is injured:

“Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard for this evening’s Premier League game at Sunderland after the Belgium international was omitted from the league leader’s squad for the match on Wearside.

Hazard is understood to have suffered a knock in Sunday’s narrow victory over West Bromwich Albion, in which he was replaced late on by Branislav Ivanovic, and has remained at Cobham for treatment.

A blow for Chelsea and for all fantasy managers who have him in their squads for Game Week 16. The news comes in the middle of the game week. Managers will not be able to take any action and will have to hope that they have a sufficient replacement player waiting in the wings when the FPL system activates the auto-substitution.

For those who don’t know, here are the FPL’s rules on automatic substitutions:

Prioritising Your Bench For Automatic Substitutions

Your substitutes provide cover for unforeseen events like injuries and postponements by automatically replacing starting players who don’t play in a Gameweek.

Based on the priorities you assign, automatic substitutions are processed at the end of the Gameweek as follows:

  • If your Goalkeeper plays 0 minutes in the Gameweek, he will be substituted by your replacement Goalkeeper, if he played in the Gameweek.
  • If any of your outfield players play 0 minutes in the Gameweek, they will be substituted by the highest priority outfield substitute who played in the Gameweek and doesn’t break the formation rules (eg. If your starting team has 3 defenders, a defender can only be replaced by another defender). (FPL)

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