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‘My ankle won’t be the same again’ – Hazard offers worrying fitness update

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The last two seasons were riddled with injuries for the attacker, who hasn’t really been able to find his form since leaving Chelsea.

Eden Hazard says his ankle “will never be the same” after recurring injuries to it while admitting he still isn’t at 100 percent yet.

2020/21 marked another period of hardships for Hazard as the Real Madrid man was found on the sidelines more often than throughout the campaign.

He was restricted to just 21 appearances in La Liga, Champions League, Copa del Rey, and Supercopa de Espana combined due to coronavirus and various muscle injuries.

The 30-year-old came off the bench in the final 15 minutes of Belgium’s Euro 2020 opener while entered the pitch just before the hour-mark against Denmark.

Speaking ahead of the Red Devils’ final Euro 2020 group stage match, Hazard says he is fit to start against Finland but isn’t fit enough to last the entire match.

“We’ll see how the game goes, but I may not be ready for 90 minutes,” said Hazard, as Goal reports.

“I’m going to play as many minutes as possible at a high level. If it’s 50, it’s 50. If it’s 60, it’s 60. We will see. 

“I never doubted my qualities, but whether I would be 100 per cent fit for the European Championship. 

Hazard added: “I broke my ankle three times, it will never be the same as it was 10 years ago. But I know that if I’m in shape, I can prove myself on the pitch. That’s what I’m working on now.

“I am not 100% yet, but I am ready to start. But that was the plan, to bring me in gradually. It is especially important to be completely fit in the knockout phase. Then I have to be in top shape.”