Chelsea’s Eden Hazard will miss Belgium’s international matches this week owing to a calf injury, Roberto Martínez has confirmed.
The 26-year-old forward sat out the 2-1 win at Stoke on Saturday and will now miss both the World Cup qualifier with Greece on Saturday and the friendly with Russia on 28 March.
Martínez, the coach of the Belgian national side, told reporters Hazard would miss both international games, but insisted that the injury was not serious.
“Eden has suffered an injury before the match against Stoke, it does not look so serious,” he was quoted as saying in Belgian media.
“But he will not play against Greece. We are going to follow the injury,” Martínez said.
“It is a big disappointment for Eden that he cannot lead the team. If you want to be a good team, you have to absorb everything. This is a good test for us. I see enough players who can take over his role.”
Chelsea return to Premier League action on 1 April against Crystal Palace, with Manchester City visiting Stamford Bridge on 5 April.
Belgium are top of Group G in World Cup qualifying having won all four of their matches so far, scoring 21 goals and conceding just once.
Several other Premier League players, including Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Hazard’s Chelsea team-mate Michy Batshuayi are available for selection.