‘Haz­ard is okay’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

BEL­GIUM man­ager Roberto Martinez has played down in­jury fears over Eden Haz­ard af­ter the Chelsea player limped out of Mon­day’s 4-1 friendly win over Costa Rica.

Haz­ard, Bel­gium’s cap­tain, hob­bled off in the 70th minute af­ter tak­ing a blow to the foot, but Martinez says the in­jury is not se­ri­ous.

“Eden is okay, he had a lit­tle trou­ble, but it’s noth­ing to worry about,” Martinez said in his post-match press con­fer­ence. “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 off to Rus­sia.

Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show, high­light­ing what a threat he will be to Eng­land when they meet in what should be a Group G de­cider on June 28.

Lukaku also al­layed any fears that Haz­ard’s in­jury might be se­ri­ous, telling Bel­gian TV: “He took a direct hit, as of­ten. He came out as a pre­cau­tion.”

The Red Devils are on an 18-match un­beaten run ahead of their Group G opener with Panama next Mon­day and Lukaku can only see his side get­ting bet­ter.

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