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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Belgium's Hazard out for three months after ankle surgery
June 5, 2017 / 8:32 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Belgium's Hazard out for three months after ankle surgery

(Adds how long Hazard will be out, statement from Chelsea, Hazard.)

June 5 (Reuters) - Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard will be sidelined for three months after having surgery on a fractured ankle suffered in training on Sunday that ruled him out of this week’s international matches, according to his club, Chelsea.

The 26-year-old Hazard, who scored 16 goals and provided five assists to help Chelsea win this season’s Premier League, will miss the friendly against Czech Republic on Monday and a World Cup qualifier against Estonia on June 9.

“Eden Hazard successfully underwent surgery today after sustaining a fracture to his right ankle while training with the Belgian national team. He is expected to return to training in approximately three months,” Chelsea said in a statement.

Hazard tweeted a picture of himself in a hospital bed with a message saying: “Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger.”

Belgium have won four out of their five 2018 World Cup qualifying matches to lead Group H on 13 points, two points ahead of second-placed Greece. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru. Additional reporting by Ken Ferris in London; Editing by John O‘Brien, Larry King)

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