The Belgium FA announced on Sunday night that Chelsea star Eden Hazard had fractured his ankle while in training with the national team, and it is reported by The Telegraph that he could be out for six to eight weeks.
— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) June 4, 2017
The forward was preparing for the friendly against the Czech Republic on Monday night before the Red Devils were due to face Estonia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday.
As well as being a huge blow for Belgium, the injury will also be a huge concern for Blues boss Antonio Conte, who may now look to up his efforts to sign a new attacker this summer.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and they were understandably gutted that the 26-year-old could now miss the start of the 2017/18 season, although some were looking on the bright side that at least it happened now and not during the campaign.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Well atleast it happened now and not during the season
— Finn Webber (@_Webber_12) June 4, 2017
Adding players with quality a top priority this transfer market
— mohit chandnani (@mohit_fcb_10) June 5, 2017
6-8 weeeks out is what i heard , not several months
— CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!! (@goldynchild) June 5, 2017
Rather have him resting than playing international football tbh
— Luis Villamizar (@luisvpinilla) June 4, 2017
This Transfer window just got that more important
— andre mc farlane (@Dredre0705) June 4, 2017
At least Real Madrid might not want to sign him with a fractured ankle, although i hope he has a speedy recovery ????
— Amber (@Amberr__1) June 4, 2017
We're screwed. Though timing is on the more fortunate side.
— UtkarshSharma77x (@utkarsh77x) June 4, 2017