Eden Hazard is set to play for Belgium against Gibraltar despite having not featured for Chelsea’s first team since his injury.
The 26-year-old broke his ankle while on international duty in the summer, and missed all of the Blues’ pre-season after requiring surgery to have the issue fixed.
Hazard played 75 minutes for the Blues’ U23s on Friday in a 3-0 defeat against Everton, having been called up by Roberto Martinez for the Red Devils in their upcoming matches this week.
Belgium host Gibraltar in their next World Cup Qualifier tomorrow night and in the pre-match press conference, Hazard said: “I’m looking forward to play against Gibraltar.”
Even though there has been some debate over whether or not the winger should have even been called up having not played a minute of Premier League football so far, Martinez defended the decision.
He said: “Where Eden is is that every day we get a bit more information. That’s how we’re going to treat the situation.
“Eden played a game that was very, very important for me to see if he was going to be available. He came through against Everton Under-23s really well. He played over 70 minutes, you could see he was growing into the game.
“That gave us a lot of information. When you are at club level and you work with a player who is coming back from injury you need to be a little bit cautious but it is normal that when you see a player on the pitch you can make better decisions.
“At the moment where we are is we’re delighted to have Eden here. He’s going to work with the group as he has been doing.
“We’ve got good relationships with the club and we’ll treat it on a daily basis. If you were going to ask me ‘would he be available for the Gibraltar game’ I would consider that he has got a great possibility.”