Chelsea 0 Leicester 0: Blues squander huge chance to go second in the Premier League with goalless draw against ten-man Foxes

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EDEN HAZARD was substituted for the fourth game in a row as Chelsea’s wobbling front line struggled again.

The Belgian superstar revealed only this week that he is set to sign a new deal at the club once his compatriot and Blues 'keeper Thibaut Courtois does first.

 Gary Cahill limped off in the first-half, replaced by Andreas ChristensenEMPICS Sport Gary Cahill limped off in the first-half, replaced by Andreas Christensen

But the £200million-rated midfielder was hauled off by frustrated boss Antonio Conte with more than half an hour left of an ineffective performance.

Hazard, 27, still has two-and-a-half years left on his £200,000-a-week deal with the Premier League champions but knows Real Madrid and most of the top sides would jump at the chance to sign him.

He took a long look at the Stamford Bridge scoreboard as he trudged off the field this afternoon to make a note of the time at which he was hooked.

It was the 58th minute of a game in which Chelsea were under the cosh from Leicester, in particular winger Riyad Mahrez. And they barely mounted an attack in response.

 Neither side were able to make a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutesAFP Neither side were able to make a breakthrough in the opening 45 minutes  Leicester looked the more dangerous team up until Ben Chilwell's red cardReuters Leicester looked the more dangerous team up until Ben Chilwell's red card

Hazard was also taken off early in Wednesday Carabao Cup semi final against Arsenal and in the Premier League match against the same opposition a week earlier.

Hazard was left out altogether from the weekend stalemate in the FA Cup at Norwich which replays on Wednesday.

Chelsea keeper Courtois was forced to make a drastic one-handed save from Wilfred Ndidi and striker Jamie Vardy shot into the side netting inside the first ten minutes.

Leicester had to play the last 22 minutes with ten men after left back Ben Chilwell was sent off for being booked twice – in four minutes.

Full Sunday Premier League preview featuring Bournemouth v Arsenal and Liverpool v Manchester City  Leicester looked the most-likely team to score at Stamford Bridge early onAFP Leicester looked the most-likely team to score at Stamford Bridge early on

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