Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is set to drop Eden Hazard for the clash against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is set to drop Eden Hazard for the clash against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

Martinez believes that the Real Madrid star lacks the necessary fitness to make the starting XI against Iceland.

The manager dropped the attacker against Denmark on Saturday and he is likely to do so against Iceland on Tuesday.

“He’s been working individually and has tried to join up with the group when he can,” Martinez said of his captain in his press conference.

“Medically, he’s perfect, it’s just a question of being very careful with his introduction.


“He’s still not at full fitness and hasn’t been able to train with the group at his club.

“We’re going to be very careful and we’re not going to take any risks.”

Belgium play Iceland on Tuesday in their second and final Nations League match of September.

“If he can play, it would be ideal,” Martinez said of Hazard’s possible involvement.

“But if not, his presence in the squad is what I and everyone else needed – he’s still the captain 10 months later.”

Hazard sustain numerous injuries in his debut season with Real Madrid, he had a disappointing season but he insisted that he should be judged by his second season at the club.

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