Hazard out three months with broken ankle on Belgium duty

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Eden Hazard‘s ankle injury is worse than initially thought, and the Chelsea attacker needs surgery to address it.

Hazard, 26, is going to miss significant time after fracturing his ankle on Sunday in training. Belgium was quick to point out that it happened in individual work, and first suspected it was a twisted ankle.

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The injury comes after a weekend that saw Hazard discussing rumors of a move to Real Madrid.

Hazard rebounded from a rough 2015-16 under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink to scored 16 goals and add five assists in Chelsea’s run to the Premier League title.

Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta encouraged Hazard in the wake of the news.

Belgium heads to Estonia on Friday for a World Cup qualifier, still unbeaten in Group H.