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Jose Mourinho is expecting Eden Hazard to be sidelined for at least two weeks with a calf injury, putting his participation in the Champions League semi-finals in jeopardy.

The playmaker was substituted in the 18th minute of Chelsea's dramatic 2-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night that saw them progress to the last four.

Hazard has been a star performer for Mourinho this season, scoring 14 Premier League goals, but it seems the manager will have to make do without the Belgium midfielder for at least a fortnight.

"It is some problem with this calf," Mourinho, who will be without Branislav Ivanovic for the next European game through suspension, said. "It's a muscular problem and, even when they are not serious, you cannot normally play for a couple of weeks, minimum, but I have no idea the dimension of his injury."

Hazard admitted that he had suspected an injury problem before the game at Stamford Bridge had started. He said: "I had already felt some pain in my calf during the warming-up. I didn't want to take a risk."

If tests confirm Hazard - reportedly a summer transfer target for PSG - is to be out for two weeks then he would miss league games against Swansea and Sunderland and potentially the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals, but could return in time to face Liverpool on April 27.

Hazard was replaced by Andre Schuerrle who went on to open the scoring before Demba Ba struck with three minutes left to secure Chelsea's progression on the away goals rule after the tie ended 3-3.

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