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Roberto Martinez gives update on Eden Hazard situation after suspected injury

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Eden Hazard gave Chelsea fans a major scare on Sunday evening when he was forced off in the 74th minute of Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Estonia.

Antonio Conte's star man has been sensational and a massive reason behind the Blues' surge up the table in recent weeks to just a point behind leaders Liverpool, having already netted seven league goals in 11 games.

However, the 25-year-old playmaker, who officially took over from Vincent Kompany as Belgium captain earlier this week, limped out of the game in Brussels with the score at 6-1 with what appeared to be a knee injury after signalling that he was unable to continue.

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Before he hobbled off the pitch and was substituted by boss Roberto Martinez, Hazard was in top form, scoring Belgium's third with a clinical strike and playing a key role in what eventually turned out to be a huge 8-1 victory.

With the points well and truly in the bag, the ex-Everton manager could afford not to take any risks with Hazard and duly withdrew his skipper within minutes of him picking up the knock.

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Following the game, the 43-year-old Spaniard eased fears and concerns over his the superstar's rumoured injury, stating, via the Daily Mirror: "Eden Hazard has no injury, but (he) received a kick on the calf."

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Chelsea's star men injured?

Martinez's words will come as some relief to Chelsea supporters, especially given the fact that Diego Costa was forced out of the Spain squad after aggravating a groin problem and will miss Tuesday's friendly with England at Wembley.

The 28-year-old striker is currently the Premier League's top scorer with nine goals, two more than Hazard, and everyone associated with the club will be desperately hoping that both of their talismans are fully fit and available for selection for the trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

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