Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has suffered the worst possible start to his summer after fracturing an ankle while on international duty with Belgium.
Hazard, voted Chelsea Player of the Year last month after a sublime 2016/17 campaign, was training with the team on Sunday ahead of upcoming games against Czech Republic and Estonia when he twisted the ankle, his right.
Confirming the news via social media, the Belgian national team later provided an update to reveal that a scan had shown the presence of a fracture.
Hazard was expected to miss both Belgium games even before the injury was confirmed as a fracture, but it now appears he could be sidelined for up to two months.
It will delay the 26-year-old’s preparations ahead of 2017/18, with training due to begin again early next month. Chelsea have a tour game against Arsenal in China on 22nd July, followed by a two-game trip to Singapore before the end of the month.
The early estimates suggest that Hazard would be back in training in early August, just a week or so before the Premier League campaign kicks off, and having missed an entire pre-season.
There also remains an element of doubt as to whether he will even be at Chelsea by that time. It was rumoured recently that Real Madrid are prepared to make Hazard the world’s first £100m player. And even though he is largely committed to Chelsea, he has admitted he would consider offers.
“Of course I would consider it if Madrid made an offer,” he is quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.
“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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