Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has admitted concerns over the fitness of Eden Hazard in the Euro 2020 tournament.
Hazard made the squad despite an injury-hit season with Real Madrid and while he is part of the team in the Euros, his starting place hasn't been guaranteed in the tournament as they made it to the last 16 of the tournament.
Martinez has now admitted that he had uncertainties of whether to all the player for the tournament but believes that his decision has been justified.
“I must admit I was worried about him because he was not enjoying his life. His body was not reacting the way it had reacted for the last 15 years and that is difficult. When you’re an injury-prone player, you’re used to having to deal with a body that could break at any moment, but that’s not Eden.
“He never had injury problems in France and he only missed 20 games in eight seasons in the Premier League, one of the most physically demanding leagues in the world. Against Finland, it was the first time I saw Eden happy and enjoying his football in a long time. And when Eden is happy, we are a much better team,” Martinez is quoted by Marca.
Hazard has been included as a substitute in Belgium’s first two group games at Euro 2020, with his only start coming against Finland but the player will be hoping that he can be handed a start in their last 16 game against Portugal on Sunday.