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Hazard suffers ankle fracture on Belgium duty

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard faces a long spell on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle © AFP/File / Ian KINGTON

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Jun 5Chelsea’s Belgium international star Eden Hazard has fractured his ankle, the Belgian football federation confirmed late Sunday.

The 26-year-old playmaker sustained the injury training with the national side and will miss Monday’s friendly against the Czech Republic and a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Estonia on Friday.

A tweet from his national team read: “Medical imaging showed that @hazardeden10 has a fracture in his right ankle #belcze #estbel #roadtorussia.”

Hazard — who helped lift Chelsea to the Premier League title last season — will undergo surgery Monday and could be out for four months, according to press reports.

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