June 12, 2018 / 9:21 AM / 13 days ago

Martinez plays down Hazard injury scare ahead of World Cup

(Reuters) - Coach Roberto Martinez says there is “nothing to worry about” regarding playmaker Eden Hazard’s fitness after the Belgium skipper limped out of their final World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Belgium World Cup Squad Announcement - Belgium Football Centre, Tubize, Belgium - June 4, 2018. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez during the press conference. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Hazard was substituted with a dead leg in the 70th minute of Belgium’s 4-1 win in Brussels on Monday but Martinez expects the player to be fit for the start of their campaign in Russia.

“Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it’s nothing to worry about,” the manager told reporters. “I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.

Soccer Football - FA Cup Final - Chelsea vs Manchester United - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 19, 2018 Chelsea's Eden Hazard applauds the fans after winning the FA Cup final REUTERS/Andrew Yates

“At the end, he just came off because he had a little bit of a dead leg, a little bit of a knock on his leg.”

Belgium are heading into the tournament on a 19-match unbeaten run and will face Panama in their Group G opener on Monday. Tunisia and England are the other teams in the pool.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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