Hazard’s strange week: No minutes with Belgium and some worrying comments


There is some concern over Eden Hazard after a strange week in which the forward went away with the Belgian national side and didn’t play a single minute in either of their matches.

Coach Roberto Martinez didn’t think Hazard was ready enough to play competitive football, making some comments that will concern Real Madrid fans.

“Medically he’s absolutely fine, it’s just a question of being careful when bringing him back in,” Martinez told Cadena Cope.

“He’s still not 100 percent and hasn’t been able to take part in group training at his club.

“We’re going to be very careful and not run any kind of risk.

Eden needed to work on his own to be able to start pre-season without any risks.

“He’s not ready to play 90 minutes.”

Martinez explained that the fact Belgium had two competitive fixtures meant he couldn’t risk playing a player who wasn’t fully fit against either Denmark or Iceland.

“If we’d had two friendlies, I’d have given him the chance to play 45 minutes and then 60,” the Belgium coach explained.

“In a competitive match you can’t do that.

“He had a big injury and he’s a player that has to be 100 percent if he wants to play.”

It’s now down to Zinedine Zidane to decide what to do with Hazard, who in theory will return to Valdebebas on Friday to start pre-season.

Thibaut Courtois returned to the Spanish capital on September 4, also without playing for Belgium, although this was because of an agreement between Martinez and Zidane and not for footballing reasons.

Hazard will be returning to Spain with zero minutes under his belt just 10 days before the start of the new campaign.

After a disappointing season last term, which was plagued by injuries to his right ankle and which saw him notch just one goal and seven assists in 22 matches, Hazard is already playing catch up with his teammates.

Everyone at the Bernabeu will be hoping that the superstar signing can redeem himself this season.

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