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Belgium played the last friendly game ahead of the World Cup in Russia on Monday night. Also Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi was among the goalscorers in Red Devils‘ 4-1 win over Costa Rica.

Eden Hazard limped off the pitch lately in the second half following a “knock on his leg”, as head coach Roberto Martinez confirmed yesterday.

He said: “There’s nothing to worry about. He’s very strong, he just had a dead leg towards the end of the match.”

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

Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois started in goal while Eden Hazard played alongside Dries Mertens supporting Romelu Lukaku in the attacking third.


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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has withdrawn from Belgium’s squad to face Saudi Arabia due to an ongoing hamstring issue and now he is a major doubt for Easter Sunday’s clash against Spurs.

Blues boss Antonio Conte confirmed the Belgian keeper was suffering from a “muscular problem” ahead of last weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City, although second goalkeeper Willy Caballero usually starts domestic cup games.

Courtois joined up with Roberto Martinez‘s national side anyway but Belgium have confirmed he will continue his rehabilitation at Chelsea training ground in Cobham and won’t take part in Tuesday’s friendly.

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Few weeks ago, when Chelsea played Manchester City, Eden Hazard complained because he touched the ball very few times and, according to the Belgian star, the reason was the position Blues manager Antonio Conte decided Hazard himself had to play.

Now, Belgian coach Roberto Martinez ahead of Belgium‘s next week friendly vs Saudi Arabia, said he will use Hazard in a very different way he played recently at Chelsea.

Eden is not a false nine, for me,” Martinez said. “At Chelsea, that can work with guys like Pedro around him, but with us we still have Romelu [Lukaku], Michy [Batshuayi], even Dries [Mertens] can play there. I’m not going to put Hazard there.”

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Goal.com reports Sevilla are keen to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan for the rest of the season.

The Belgian forward, who scored the goal that brought the title at Stamford Bridge against WBA last season, has struggled to compete with Alvaro Morata for a starting role this season, with the former Real Madrid striker the preferred option following his £58 million move last summer.

World Cup Russia 2018 is getting closer and Batshuayi would like to be included in the Belgium squad by coach Roberto Martinez, so he is not keen to miss other minutes in order to prepare for the competition and, meanwhile, to improve his playing and form.

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Chelsea and his fans can stop to concern: Eden Hazard has nothing serious after rumours has spread yesterday about another injury since the Blues star hadn’t train with Belgium after a knock in the friendly game against Mexico last Friday.

Speaking ahead of another friendly clash, this time against Japan, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said:

“Hazard did not train on Sunday but there is nothing serious.”

Eden missed the beginning of the season recovering from an ankle injury that he picked up while playing for his country at the end of the previous campaign.

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Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez, speaking at a press conference today, has revealed Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is coming back home after suffering a foot injury: “When Michy arrived, he was in pain so he is out of the two matches – Martinez said – He has left for Chelsea.” 

This means that Antonio Conte could be facing another injury concern with the Belgium international, who was crucial in Chelsea’s comeback against Watford,

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Last week manager Antonio Conte criticised Roberto Martinez’ decision to include Eden Hazard in the Belgium squad for the two World Cup qualifiers vs Gibraltar and Greece.

Now, despite Hazard played in both games, Conte, according to reports by the London Evening Standard, still wants to delay Eden Hazard return to first-team action.

On Saturday, Chelsea will play Leicester away and the best the Belgian striker can hope for is a place on the Blues bench.


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Good news for Eden Hazard: the Chelsea striker was back in action tonigh after his injury with Belgium who played Gibraltar in a World Cup Qualifier.

Hazard played 77 minutes and scored Belgium sixth goal. Roberto Martinez side won the game 9-0 and the Blues striker was replaced after 77 minutes by his brother Thorgan.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed he had a phone call with Belgium head-coach Roberto Martinez to discuss Eden Hazard‘s call-up with the national team.

The Italian manager said after Everton clash: “I had a conversation with Roberto Martinez yesterday and I think now it could be positive for Eden to go with the national team and have the training sessions, and then maybe to have the possibility to play a part of the game with Gibraltar”.

“I told Roberto if I can help him I am ready to do this – Conte added – In my past I was a coach of a national team and I know very well that this task is not easy but also for Eden, I talked with him and he is happy to go”.

Conte admitted he spoke also with Hazard himself: “He is the Belgium captain and the most important thing is to continue to work and improve and then after the international break, to have the possibility to have him on the bench and to start to think of him as a new player for Chelsea this season.’


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Antonio Conte revealed today, during his press conference, that Eden Hazard will not be included in the Chelsea squad who will face Everton on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

So the Italian manager was a bit surprised, maybe disappointed also, when he discovered Roberto Martinez has, however, included Hazard, in the Belgium squad for they upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

I knew the news just 20 mins ago. For sure I’m a bit surprised by this decision” – Conte said as reported on Twitter by ESPN FC’s Liam Twomey.


Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola was on press conference ahead of Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool today and was obviously asked to give some thoughts...