Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Eden Hazard will be out for up to a fortnight after the Chelsea winger was forced into pulling out of his country’s international squad.
Hazard, 25, missed Saturday’s 2-1 win against Stoke after sustaining a calf strain in training.
The Belgian’s been in exceptional form for Antonio Conte’s side this term and was targeted by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United during the side’s FA Cup win at Stamford Bridge a week ago.
However, after pulling out of the Belgium squad, Martinez confirmed to reporters that Hazard would miss up to a fortnight meaning he’s a doubt for Chelsea’s clash with Crystal Palace.
‘He has been in Belgium but not with the group, and we are working with Chelsea to get the best treatment,’ said Martinez.
‘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.’
Belgium face Greece this week before taking on Russia on March 28th. Hazard has been ruled out of both games and faces a race against time to be fit for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s men on April 1st.