Belgium captain Eden Hazard pulls out of squad due to injury

Belgium captain Eden Hazard pulls out of squad due to injury

Hazard, 25, missed Saturday's 2-1 win against Stoke after sustaining a calf strain in training.

Martinez now says his absence could last even longer, putting a return in time for Chelsea's resumption of their title charge in significant doubt.

Eden Hazard missed Chelsea's 2-1 win at Stoke City this weekend with a minor calf injury, and in a rather unsurprising related development, has now pulled out of the Belgium squad for their upcoming two games during this worldwide break.

Eden has suffered an injury before the match against Stoke, it does not look so serious. We are going to follow the injury.

Martinez's side will host Greece in a World Cup qualifier in Brussels this Saturday without the 26-year-old.

Should the initial prognosis be correct, Hazard will likely miss Chelsea's next outing - a league clash with Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on April 1, while also leaving him doubful for the meeting with Manchester City four days later.

'It is a big disappointment for Eden that he can not lead the team.

The injury, while relatively minor, will still not please boss Conte. "It is a big problem to lose Hazard, it is obvious that we wanted to have him, but it will be a good test for us without him".

"I see enough players in our team who can take over his role".