Martinez issues a statement about Hazard playing in Russia
The Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has issued a statement about Chelsea star Eden hazard ahead of Russia. He has tried to allay fears over the injury.
Eden Hazard gave Belgium a scare as he grimaced off the pitch with an injury just days before the World Cup. He limped off in their 4-1 warm-up against Costa Rica. The match in which Romelu Lukaku scored twice and set up a third. However, their final warm-up threatened to end on a sour note as Hazard limped off with 20 minutes remaining.
The Chelsea forward did not appear to hurt too badly, yet it was cause for concern as he seems to be in some pain. Although Hazard limped off, Martinez was quick to dispel the nature of the injury.
“At the end, he just came off because he had a little bit of a dead leg, a little bit of a knock on his leg. Nothing to be worried about,” Martinez said.
Luckily, the turnaround for Belgium was complete before half-time as Lukaku scored a brilliant goal. Starting the move in his own half, the Manchester United forward fed Kevin De Bryune, who set Mertens free and he turned provider for Lukaku to volley home from close range.
Lukaku’s second came five minutes after the restart and it was classic Lukaku as he made sure he got on the end of Hazard’s cross to convert with his head.
The United man then turned provider in the 64th minute as his low ball was converted at the back post by Chelsea’s Batshuayi.
That proved to be enough for Martinez’s men as they signed off ahead of their World Cup opener with Panama next Monday, with all eyes on the severity of Hazard’s injury. However, Martinez insured that he will be fit to play;
“Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about,” Martinez said in his post-match press conference.