Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has left Chelsea FC winger Eden Hazard out of his latest squad, revealing that the winger may be out for upto a month.
Chelsea FC’s Eden Hazard has been struggling with injury for some time now and Marc Wilmots has confirmed his current unavailability by leaving him out of his Belgium squad. With the international break taking place next week, Hazard will spend the time recuperating at Cobham.
The winger missed out last weekend as the Blues were eliminated from the FA Cup by Everton. Hazard started three days earlier against Paris-Saint Germain, but was forced off after being overcome by his hip problem. Wilmots revealed the timeline for recovery that the Chelsea medical staff have predicted when addressing the star’s absence.
I took the decision not to call him up so that he could continue his recuperation…We’re in perfect agreement with the medical staff at Chelsea. It should be for three or four weeks. – via ESPN FC
This is yet another problem in a torrid season for Hazard. The last campaign saw him showered with accolades while many proclaimed that he was reaching the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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However, the last seven months have proven that the Belgian is nowhere near that level. He started this season in awful form and never seemed to improve materially. There have been occasions on which he has teased a return to his true potential, but it has not been sustained at any point.
Many have tried to reason Hazard’s dramatic fall from grace and burnout has been one of the most used excuses. Having said that, an extended break due to injury a couple of months ago should have provided him with enough time to recharge his batteries.
Evidently, this current hip issue has caused him significant pain and he has visibly shown discomfort in attempts to play through it. With Chelsea’s season dead and buried, there is no reason to send the 25-year-old out there unless he is 100% fit.
Hazard showed last year that he is a supremely talented man. This campaign has just been downright terrible for him. Hopefully, he will be able to fully recover as the season winds down and prove himself on the international stage at this year’s EUROs.
The Chelsea brass may well need to see something to prevent them from accepting a lucrative transfer offer over the summer. Then again, that may just be what he wants…