Before the international break, Belgium could not invite the Real Madrid winger because he tested positive for coronavirus. However, his absence from the team was not felt as the team went on to beat England national team 2-0 to top group 2A with 12 points in 5 matches.
Tonight, November 18, at 20:45, Belgium will play against the group’s second-placed Denmark in a UEFA Nations League match which will determine the table toppers. If Belgium win the match, they will remain top of the group with 15 points and if Denmark win, they will go top with 13 points.
Unfortunately for Hazard, he will not have the opportunity to go near the match venue as he is self-isolating in Madrid while he awaits to return at least two negative coronavirus test.
“We have been unfortunate, we are missing out by a few days,” Martinez said. “Eden was looking forward to meeting up in this camp, he was looking forward to playing [for] the Red Devils in 2020 and unfortunately he had a lot of bad luck.”
Besides the coronavirus infection that stopped Hazard from linking up with the Belgium national team during this FIFA international break, the 29-year-old left-winger has been very prone to injury which has affected his relevance at Real Madrid which he joined from Chelsea for €115 million in July 2019.
Since then, Eden Hazard that used to be the best player at Chelsea where he scored 110 goals and provided 92 assists in 352 appearances before he left the club, has now scored just 2 goals and has provided 7 assists in 25 games in over a year that he has been at the club.
Before he was confirmed to be a carrier of coronavirus, he has managed to score a goal in just three games in all competitions which implies that the manager of Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane has not been convinced with his form so far this season.
However, his national team head coach said: “I just can see it, I think 2021 is going to be a wonderful year for Eden Hazard and all the Red Devils fans,” Martinez said.
“He is in good spirits and is looking forward to getting back as quick as he can to play football again. I have got no doubt that in 2021 we are going to see the best version of Eden Hazard.”