Chelsea’s Eden Hazard could not play for his country Belgium yesterday night because of a toe injury he suffered.
The Belgian attacking midfielder joined up with the national team earlier in the week before it was discover he was carrying a bad foot. It was not however clear if he got the injury in the game against Arsenal on Sunday or an old injury which he suffered while on international duty for Marc Wilmots’ side during the FIFA world cup last summer.
It was thought the player will recover on time to play for Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Andorra. Those hopes were however dashed when coach of the side Marc Wilmot tweeted the player’s unavailability for the match last night.
Wilmots tweeted from his verified twitter handle @WilmotsMarc: “As a precaution, @hazardeden10 will not play against Andorra because of a bruised toe. Trying to
get him 100% for #bosbel.”
Hazard’s absence was a precautionary measure not to aggravate the injury as the coach believes he will be fit and ready for the Bosnia Hezergovina’s game on Tuesday.
However, Hazard’s international and club team mate Thibaut Courtios recovered on time to make the game. There were fears the 22-year-old will miss the game after sustaining a head injury during a collision with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in Chelsea’s 2-0 against the Gunners on Sunday. But after series of test by both Chelsea and Belgium team doctors, the player was giving clean bill of health and cleared to play to the delight of both club and national team mates.
Petr Cech tweeted after seeing the Belgian train again with Belgium on Thursday “@thibautcourtios training with #Belgium…
Good to see you back in action”
Courtios started the game and was in action for all 90minutes. He looks superb as usual though he was not overly test by the opponent as Belgium demolished Andorra 6-0 with goals from former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne(a brace), Nacer Chadli, Divock Origi and Dries Mertens(a brace).
Hazard is however, expected to return to action against Bosnia Hezergovina on Monday. Belgium currently sits 2nd on the log of Group B Euro 2016 qualifiers with three points from one game one point became Wales who are on four point but have already played two game.
Belgium are favourite to top the group that comprises Wales, Bosnia Hezergovina, Andorra, Israel and Cyprus. The coach will hope Hazard returns on time to help the team achieve their goal.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho will also hope his star returns to Stamford Bridge after the international break with a clean bill of health. Mourinho is one of the few managers who have expressed their displeasure of the international break especially during a crucial period as this in the season as most player who have gone to represent their countries return with various degree of injuries to the club. He has even been accused in some quarters of not wanting his players to honour national assignments. Let’s hope Hazard returns fit.