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Chelsea's Eden Hazard fractures ankle on international duty

Meanwhile, the Belgian star has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid.

Belgium attacker Eden Hazard.
Belgium attacker Eden Hazard.

CHELSEA STAR EDEN Hazard faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured ankle in Belgium training.

The winger will consequently miss the upcoming international friendly against the Czech Republic and the World Cup qualifier with Estonia.

Hazard twisted his ankle during Sunday’s training session and was quickly ruled out of Belgium’s upcoming internationals, although the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) was initially unable to provide any details on the extent of the injury.

Nevertheless, they later followed up their initial statement on Hazard’s physical misfortune with an update that he has suffered a fractured ankle.

Eden Hazard is out of #belcze and #estbel due to injury after twisting his ankle today in training (individual action). More news in 48h,” a brief statement on the official Twitter account of the national team read.

It remains unclear as of yet how long the 26-year-old will be out of action, but the injury could endanger his availability for the start of the 2017-18 campaign as Chelsea look to defend their Premier League title.

Belgium currently sit first in Group H with 13 points from five games. They hold a two-point lead over second-placed Greece, with Bosnia-Herzegovina in third on 10 points.

They beat Estonia 8-1 in Brussels back in November.

Meanwhile, Hazard said earlier that he would consider a move to Real Madrid if the Champions League winners were to make an approach.

The Belgium international played a key role in Chelsea’s successful 2016-17 campaign, scoring 16 goals in 36 Premier League outings to help them to the title.

His sublime performances have reignited speculation that Madrid are interested in signing the 26-year-old and Hazard is keeping his options open.

Of course, I would consider it if Madrid made an offer,” Hazard told reporters.

“I am keen to win trophies. It would be great to win the Champions League. But Chelsea’s goal is to win the Champions League as well. Honestly, I do not know what will happen.

I only know that I still have a contract with Chelsea for three seasons and that we just had an amazing 2016-17 campaign. We want to continue on this path and want to build on this in the Champions League.

“I am feeling very well at Chelsea. But you never know what will happen. “I have not met with the board yet to discuss a new deal. I have two games with Belgium coming up first and I am off on my holiday after that. I want to think about football as little as possible.”

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