Belgium have confirmed that Chelsea forward Eden Hazard will not face the Czech Republic on Monday after suffering a suspected broken ankle in training.
The Belgian Football Association took to Twitter to confirm the bad news as the squad prepare for a friendly with the Czech Republic before taking on Estonia in a World Cup qualifier on June 9.
The Red Devils currently lead their qualifying Group with a two-point lead over second-placed Greece and they look well on course to secure a place in Russia next summer.
Hazard boasts three goals during the qualification process but he will be unable to extend that record as Belgium boss Roberto Martinez will now need to shuffle the pack.
Belgium confirmed that the playmaker twisted his ankle during a training session and scans revealed he had suffered a fracture.
The RBFA Tweeted: “@hazardeden10 is out for #belcze & #estbel due to injury after twisting his ankle today in training (individual action). More news in 48h.
“Medical imaging showed that @hazardeden10 has a fracture in his right ankle #belcze #estbel #roadtorussia” The former Lille man will now need to wait for the swelling to reduce before learning how long he will be out of action for.
Hazard’s injury also comes as a huge blow for Chelsea, who are priced at 4.33 to win the 2017-18 Premier League title, and the champions will be hoping it doesn’t run into next season as they aim to make a positive start to their defence.