Roberto Martinez is not confident that Eden Hazard can last for 90 minutes on the pitch in either of Belgium’s couple of 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Estonia and Wales.
Hazard has failed to establish himself in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting line-up at Real Madrid so far this season, having played just 359 minutes in LaLiga Santander for Los Blancos.
The Spanish coach said he would “be surprised” if Eden Hazard “could play the 90 minutes” in one of their two games in the November international break.
According to Martinez, Hazard must go “slowly and step by step”, because “he has not played much football” this season.
Yet, the Belgium coach is “proud” of Hazard and said his player is “mentally well” and “eager to face the games ahead.”
Hazard’s brother Thorgan discussed the Real Madrid forward’s current situation and explained why he is struggling to secure a spot in Los Blancos’ first XI.
“It is [Real Madrid’s] coach or their president who have to decide such a thing, not me,” Thorgan Hazard said.
“Vinicius is currently playing in his position and is in top form, and also Real Madrid win their games.
“Eden comes because he is Eden, he is world class and he is our captain. If he plays on Saturday, that is decided by the coach, but he has always been like that, and if I can help him, I will do it.”