Roberto Martinez gives Eden Hazard injury update ahead of World Cup

Roberto Martinez calmed the fears surrounding Eden Hazard’s injury after the forward suffered a ‘dead leg’ in Belgium’s warm-up match with Costa Rica.

Hazard was forced off in the 70th minute of Belgium’s 4-1 victory on Monday, just a week before the team’s opening Group G game in Russia against Panama.




England boss Gareth Southgate will have been keeping an eye on the Belgian’s fitness from a distance, with England set to play Belgium on June 26.

But it seems the Chelsea forward was taken off as a precaution and should be available for the start of the tournament.

Asked about Hazard’s injury after the victory, Belgium boss Martinez said: ‘Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about.

‘I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.




‘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.’

Romelu Lukaku claimed that Belgium are full of confidence after their big victory over Costa Rica.

‘I think we have made progress. We did not lose, it’s important. We scored a lot of goals tonight,’ he said.

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‘We will still progress before the match against Panama and we will give 120 per cent against them.

‘We will continue to make progress later.’



JB

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