Premier League – Eden Hazard to miss FWA awards dinner after mergency dental surgery
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been forced to miss Thursday night’s Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year dinner after having emergency dental surgery to remove three wisdom teeth.
The Belgium international topped the poll of journalists with 53 per cent of the vote, comfortably ahead of Tottenham striker Harry Kane with his Chelsea team-mate and captain John Terry third, and was set to collect the prestigious FWA accolade, which has been running since 1948, at a gala dinner in London on Thursday evening.
However, the 24-year-old playmaker, instrumental to Jose Mourinho’s side securing a first Barclays Premier League title since 2009/10, will now not be able to attend in person as he recovers from the procedure.
A statement from the FWA read: “2015 Footballer of the Year Eden Hazard has had emergency dental surgery and will be unable to collect his award in person tonight.
“Hazard tried to delay the surgery but had to have three wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday and is still in considerable pain.
“He is deeply sorry to miss the awards dinner and hopes to be at Stamford Bridge on Sunday when the FWA will hand over the trophy.
“The surgery means Hazard will not feature in Chelsea’s final game against Sunderland – the first Premier League game he will have missed this season.”
Former Lille midfielder Hazard, signed by Chelsea for £32million in June 2012, was also named 2014/15 Player of the Year by the Professional Footballers’ Association