Eden Hazard will not play for Belgium against Wales on Tuesday night, as Roberto Martinez has decided to leave his captain, as well as a few other players, out of the group.
Thibaut Courtois, a Real Madrid colleague, is another player who has been freed from international service early, and Martinez claims that the decision was made in advance.
Martinez said, “The intention was always that if we qualified for the World Cup, Hazard would only play one game.” “We played him for an hour, and now he can concentrate on Real Madrid’s schedule.”
“For him to recover his rhythm, he has to play with Real Madrid.” Playing for us was the perfect way to come back to it.”
Hazard has struggled with his fitness since joining Los Blancos from Chelsea in 2019, and Belgium teammate Axel Witsel echoed Martinez’s remarks.
“He wasn’t healthy enough to play twice in three days,” Witsel remarked, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the captain’s safety.
Christian Benteke also defended Hazard, stating that his growth as a player isn’t unique and that despite his style changing as a result of his injuries, he still has talent.