The image of Eden Hazard limping off the pitch during Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Estonia on Sunday night would have left Chelsea fans in a panic.
The 25-year-old has been an integral member of Antonio Conte’s team this season having scored seven goals in 11 Premier League appearances so far.
Hazard has been demonstrating similar form that earned him the PFA Player of the Year award following Chelsea’s title-winning 2014-15 campaign.
The playmaker’s performances on the pitch have been a far cry from what we witnessed in Jose Mourinho’s doomed final season at Stamford Bridge – a campaign which lacked Hazard’s influential presence due to poor form and injuries.
After helping Chelsea win their last five league games on the bounce, Hazard represented Belgium in Sunday’s thumping 8-1 win over Estonia, but in the second half he hobbled off the pitch after signalling to the bench.
During post-match interviews, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez tried to calm concerns over Hazard by telling reporters that the midfielder “has no injury, but received a kick on the calf”.
By all accounts, it seems as though the Chelsea star suffered a slight knock, which may not hamper his chances of being fit for Sunday’s trip to Middlesbrough, but the fans have been worrying…
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