Wednesday 28 September 2016

Worry for Ireland's group rivals Belgium as star Eden Hazard limps out of training session

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Published 11/06/2016 | 11:53

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Eden Hazard of Belgium warms up during the Belgium Training Session held at Chateau du Haillan on June 10, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Eden Hazard of Belgium warms up during the Belgium Training Session held at Chateau du Haillan on June 10, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Eden Hazard has suffered a knock and is expected to return to training for Belgium after limping out of their behind-closed-doors session on Friday, coach Marc Wilmots said.

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Hazard, who will captain Belgium at the European Championship, left the pitch after 50 minutes after having his foot stood on during a practice match.

"I don't think it is serious, just a knock," Wilmots told reporters after the match between the expected starting XI and the reserves ahead of Belgium's opening match at the tournament against Italy in Lyon on Monday.

Wilmots said all players were fit, including defender Thomas Vermaelen, who had been doubtful earlier in the week.

"Thomas has done well in training over the last days and is completely ready for the battle. He has no more problems," Wilmots said. (

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