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Belgium doctor: “Hazard has entered a vicious cycle with the injuries”

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The chief doctor for Belgium’s national football team Kristof Sas talked to Nieuwsblad about Hazard’s injury.

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Kristof Sas is the chief doctor for the Belgian national football team and he talked to Nieuwsblad about Eden Hazard’s latest injury, one which will keep him out for at least a month. Sas offered a fairly pessimistic take about Hazard’s current physical condition and his mentality facing these injuries.

“We’re waiting to know more about it but it’s definitely worrying. The injuries from other players like Praet, Mertens or De Bruyne are not problematic for the Euro, they’re even a bit of a break for them. They will be able to start again, but it’s different with Eden, he has a chronic relapse that in the end it always goes wrong,” said Sas.

The doctor also explained his belief that Hazard’s recent injuries are all related, quite possibly to the ankle injury he suffered during his first few months as a Real Madrid player, the one that required surgery to be repaired.

“At the beginning it was an ankle injury but the three recent ones have been related to muscles. Eden has entered a vicious cycle and it’s not easy for him to get out of it. Just like any other professional athlete, it’s necessary for him to train properly, something he wasn’t able to do during the rehab process,” added the doctor.

Hazard will now spend the next month recovering from this thigh injury and then Madrid will also have to be cautious yet again, given that muscle injuries are always very tricky.