Chelsea and Belgium star Eden Hazard limped out of training with the national team on Tuesday afternoon with Achilles problem.
Questions have been raised as Hazard told the Belgium squad’s team doctors that he’s been suffering pain there for two or three weeks, but they expect him to play some part of their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday.
They will have to manage the player carefully as an Achilles tear could put him out for some time, maybe even end his season, so he won’t be risked as Belgium are already looking good to go to Brazil next summer.
Hazard has been tipped for a starring role for Chelsea this season but it may also suit the Blues to be careful with the player once he’s back from international duty. Last season we struggled whenever Hazard or Juan Mata were absent from the line-up but with Willian, Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle added to the existing ranks we have a lot more depth in those positions so could probably afford to be cautious.
His national coach Marc Wilmots says he was surprised to see Hazard breakdown in training:
“Hazard seemed to be in good shape. But he quickly felt an old injury to his Achilles and found walking difficult.
“I was surprised as he had injections to treat this injury some weeks ago.”