Euro 2020: Eden Hazard gives big update on ankle injury- Belgium captain Eden Hazard has admitted recurring ankle injuries have taken a toll on him, but insists he wants to make a mark at Euro 2020. The 30-year-old is set for his first start with Belgium in the tournament after being restricted to appearances off the bench in the last two games.
As he prepares to lead the Red Devils against Finland on Tuesday (IST), Hazard opened up on his fitness levels. “I never doubted my qualities, but whether I would be 100% fit for the European Championship was going to be a question,” Hazard stated.
“I broke my ankle three times, it will never be the same as 10 years ago. But I know that when I am in shape, I can prove myself on the field and that’s what I’m working on now.”
Belgium have sealed qualification to the knockout stages and could follow Italy in maintaining a flawless record in the group stages should they beat Finland. Although his team fared well even without his services, Hazard believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
“We still have to work to get better. We are doing our best to get better, starting with tomorrow,” he continued.
“The tournament is still long and we are trying to get as far as possible. There are still areas for improvement, but we are working with them.”
Euro 2020: Martinez confirms Hazard will start in final Group match against Finland
Roberto Martinez was quick to confirm that Hazard will be a certain starter against Finland. However, the Belgium skipper conceded the fact that he is unsure about completing the full 90 minutes.
With one eye on competing in the knockout stages as well, Hazard feels he should be getting there gradually.
“I’m not 100% yet, but I’m ready to start. But that was the plan, to bring me along gradually. It’s especially important to be completely fit in the knockout phase. Then I have to be in top shape.
“We will see how the match goes, but I may not be ready for 90 minutes. But I will play as many minutes as possible at a high level. If it is 50 minutes, it will be 50. If it is 60, it will be 60. We’ll see,” he concluded.