Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, has joked that he hopes his Belgium team-mate, Eden Hazard, has diarrhoea before Sunday.
The pair will come face to face at the Etihad, when City hosts Chelsea in an early clash of title favourites.
“You’d almost hope that Eden Hazard would have diarrhoea,” Kompany told Belgium newspaper, Het Nieuwsblad.
“Now let’s be serious, you can’t underestimate the impact he has on Chelsea. You’ll expect he would have a dip in his performance level.
“Last week, against Swansea, he maybe didn’t play his best first half, but when they were reduced to 10 men, he was the only one who was dangerous. Because he ran past three-four defenders.”
Kompany also insisted that City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, does not need to work on a tactical plan to stop Hazard, as the attacker is too talented.
“You can have as many tactical plans as you want, if Eden starts running, it’s chaos,” he said.
“He’s at a level where he decides how good his team are. [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo are stats animals. If you look at their talent, you can compare Eden to them. But they score a lot. Unbelievable.
“Could I say he will never reach their scoring levels? I would never bet on that. Eden has made so much progression that last few years that it is possible he reaches their level. It wouldn’t even be a bad performance when he ends up just behind Messi and Ronaldo.”