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Belgium coach: “We have to protect Eden Hazard”

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Roberto Martinez included Hazard on Belgium’s list and said that everyone has to be patient now that he’s recovered from his injury-

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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez talked to the press after publishing the squad list for the upcoming FIFA break, a list which features both Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard. Martinez was asked about Hazard’s condition after the first three games following the injury that kept him out early in the season.

“Hazard has been a positive after his return to the pitch, he’s already played three games for Madrid and his feelings have been very good, I hope that he keeps making progress and getting minutes so that we can welcome him,” said Martinez.

Then, the Spanish coach was asked again about his star player and said that everyone has to be patient about Hazard’s minutes and performances so far.

“Again, it’s been very positive seeing how he’s moved on the pitch, he can play without pain and he proved it. He scored a great goal after his return and made an impact against Inter. We have to be patient and reasonable in order to protect him, but he’s physically good and ready to enjoy playing football,” he added.

Martinez also discussed Courtois’ performances this season, which have been great.

“For me and every single Belgian person he’s the world’s greatest. We enjoy his role. It’s not only about keeping a clean sheet, he shows up and performs at a high level in crucial times, every game. He’s reached a very high level and we hope to see more of the same during the games this November,” concluded Martinez.