Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard is recovering well from ankle surgery and will “return stronger”, says Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez.
Hazard had the operation in the United States last month after fracturing his ankle in Real’s defeat to Levante in February, having only just returned weeks earlier following a three-month layoff.
The 29-year-old Belgian had looked set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines, but the suspension of football due to the coronavirus pandemic means he could still feature this season.
“I know he is recovering well. He is not far from running again and there are no complications,” Belgium boss Martinez told local media.
“Everything went well with the operation, but you also hope that everything goes well in the four to five weeks afterwards without complications, and there were none.
“We know he will return stronger. We were also fortunate, of course, to have his surgery take place just before the coronavirus outbreak.
“Otherwise he would not be able to travel or be treated outside of Madrid. I have a positive feeling that Eden will be back soon.”