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Hazard will be tough to replace but Lille have softened the blow by signing Salomon Kalou from Chelsea and Marvin Martin from Sochaux.
Ellerslie George (11-2) at least softened the blow with a game twolength verdict over Borora in the skybet.com Supporting Spinal Research Bobby Renton Handicap Chase.
At least it might have softened the blow (dry?) when on the same day her band Liberty X announced they were no more.
The Premiership top scorer had to miss out when he picked up an injury for Everton, but says the England manager's confidence in him softened the blow.