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Chelsea's Eden Hazard ruled out of Belgium games through injury

Hazard ruled out of Belgium games through injury
By Reuters

21/03/2017 at 04:41Updated 21/03/2017 at 06:17

Belgium's Eden Hazard has not recovered from a calf injury in time for Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Greece in Brussels, coach Roberto Martinez has revealed.

Hazard missed Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League victory at Stoke City on Saturday with the calf problem he picked up in training.

Martinez said the injury was not serious but Hazard was also very likely to miss Belgium's friendly with Russia on Tuesday.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez (C) chats with Eden Hazard (L) during a training session.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez (C) chats with Eden Hazard (L) during a training session.Reuters

"Eden has suffered an injury before the match against Stoke, it does not look so serious," he said.

"But he will not play against Greece. We are going to follow the injury.

" It is a big disappointment for Eden that he cannot lead the team. If you want to be a good team, you have to absorb everything."

"This is a good test for us. I see enough players who can take over his role."

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini and right back Thomas Meunier also missed Belgium's first training session on Monday.

Fellaini was given a rest after playing for Manchester United on Sunday. Martinez said Paris Saint-Germain's Meunier had an ankle problem and could not train for a few days.

Belgium are top of World Cup qualifying Group H having won all four of their matches so far while Greece are the only other undefeated team in the section after three wins and a draw.

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