Roberto Martinez described Eden Hazard, who tested positive for COVID-19 as a “disappointing” development for the Belgian manager who mourned the absence of the Real Madrid star.
Hazard will miss the international friendly match against Switzerland early tomorrow morning, including the League of Nations (UNL) campaign with England, four days later due to the pandemic constraint.
The 29-year-old striker tested positive before Madrid fell 1-4 at Valencia in a LaLiga match on Sunday.
Hazard has only appeared 25 times since being proposed to Chelsea for € 100 million, in June last year apart from just contributing two goals and creating four assists.
In his last campaign at Stamford Bridge, he scored 16 goals and scored 15 assists in the English Premier League (EPL).
Disturbed by injuries and fitness problems in the Spanish capital, the Belgian manager lamented the latest problems faced by the agile player.
“We are all happy to see Eden Hazard play in the last three games with his club as well as start to look happy and move freely including scoring goals,” Martinez told reporters.
“I think we are all looking forward to seeing Eden play alongside the national team. I think it is also good news for his club because he will be given the opportunity and get the rhythm of the game that can help restore his fitness.
“The positive test of COVID-19 is disappointing news but it is not something that is normal in our lives at the moment. I think positive news of COVID-19 is not a news item anymore.
“Right now, we just need to adhere to the European Football Association (UEFA) protocol and ensure that Eden continues to train at home so that his fitness is not affected while hoping he can join the national team as soon as possible if that becomes a reality.
He showed no symptoms and he was enthusiastic, that was the most important thing. “