Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been lucky to have very less injury concerns this seasonReuters

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no injury concerns other than that of Eden Hazard ahead of his side's Boxing Day clash against West Ham United at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are probably the only team in the Premier League who haven't had any major injury issues this season.

They did have some problems with the hamstring injury of Diego Costa in September/October but that now seems to be resolved as the striker has regularly been playing for the club.

Currently there are no players on the sidelines for Chelsea ahead of their Boxing Day clash against the Hammers. 

Even though Hazard was believed to be a doubt for this game after he was forced off the pitch with an ankle problem following a robust tackle from Stoke City's Jonathan Walters on Monday, the Belgian has quelled his injury problems, insisting that he will be starting against West Ham on Friday. 

"That will be alright, I'll be able to play on Boxing Day," said Hazard, according to the Express.

Oscar is likely to retain his starting spot against the Hammers after being left on the bench during Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mourinho feels that football players in England deserve more respect due to them having to sacrifice a lot during the festive season.

While teams in most countries are given a break in the winter, English teams are burdened by a lot of fixtures in the same period, making it very difficult for players to spend time with their friends and family during the festive season.

"It's very difficult," said Mourinho, according to ESPN. "I have lots of respect for the players in this country. It doesn't matter - English or not English. The moment you are a football player in this country, I respect you a lot.

"At this moment the German guys are on the beach, the Spanish guys are in the Maldives getting sun - everybody else is doing that.

"But in this country you play on the 22nd, you play on Boxing Day, you play on the 28th, you play on New Year's Day. There is no Christmas - just football, and I think (the players) deserve respect."

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