Russia2018: Belgium vs Costa Rica - Injury Scare For Hazard
It is barely 48 hours to the commencement of the World Cup in Russia and no team can afford the luxury of losing top players to injury.
Frailed nerves have been calmed as Roberto Martínez has played down injury fears over Eden Hazard after he limped out of Monday’s 4-1 friendly win over Costa Rica.
It is understood that Hazard, who is Belgium’s captain, had to leave the pitch in the 70th minute with a dead leg but the Belgium manager said the injury was not serious.
“Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about,” Martinez said.
“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.”
The injury to Hazard overshadowed what was a positive evening for Belgium before they head to Russia.
Romelu Lukaku gave England something to think about as he warmed up for the World Cup with two goals.
That took his tally to 13 goals in the last nine international games – he also provided an assist – and will be Belgium’s main threat in what should be the group decider against Gareth Southgate’s side on 28 June.
Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi also scored for Belgium after Bryan Ruiz had put Costa Rica ahead.