Eden & Thorgan Hazard pull out Belgium squad

first_imgEden Hazard will not feature in Belgium’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers as expected, with brother Thorgan also absent this week.The elder Hazard is yet to make his competitive debut for Real Madrid following a €100 million (£88m/$112m) move from Chelsea, having sustained a thigh injury on the eve of the new La Liga season. Despite missing the first few weeks of the campaign, the 28-year-old was still named in Belgium’s squad for the first international break of the season, although head coach Roberto Martinez insisted he would “not take any risks” and that a decision on his role would be made early this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane subsequently announced Hazard would not be fit to feature for his country against San Marino and Scotland, telling reporters last week: “He can travel with the Belgium squad, he can be seen by the Belgian team doctor, but he’s not fit to play right [email protected] & @HazardThorgan8 left us. Both are injured and not able to play against San Marino and Scotland #EURO2020— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) September 3, 2019″We know that, he knows that and hopefully for the benefit of Belgium and everyone involved, he rests.”So it has proven, as Hazard was kept out of Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Villarreal at the weekend and his departure from the the Red Devils camp was announced on Tuesday, with Borussia Dortmund star Thorgan following him.Thorgan’s departure similarly does not come as a surprise after being substituted late in his second Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund against Koln, having joined this summer.A rib injury was set to rule the former Borussia Monchengladbach man out for “several weeks” just days before he was called up by Martinez.Belgium, who are top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group with four wins from four, visit minnows San Marino on Friday and then go to Hampden Park to play Scotland next Monday.They had already lost back-up goalkeeper Koen Casteels to injury, with Hendrik Van Crombrugge called up in his place.last_img

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