Eden Hazard fractured his ankle in training with his national team Belgium on Sunday and underwent surgery on the injury the following day.
The Belgian is expected to resume training in September, as he’s set to be out for about three months.
European football expert Gabriele Marcotti believes it will be better for Hazard to miss the beginning of the season and come back for the Blues at a very important stage of the season than for him to start the season and probably be out when the season is at its peak. He also believes Hazard’s injury will lessen the rumours linking the Chelsea star with Real Madrid.
He said on ESPN FC: “If you were to ask Antonio Conte ‘hey, do you want your best player to miss like three months in the stretch run towards the end of the season? Or do you want him to miss three months in the summer?’ Then he’d obviously pick the latter.
“That said I do think it can have quite an impact in pre-season which is very, very important, especially with the way Antonio Conte works.
“Equally though all those rumours about Real Madrid being in for him and blah, blah, blah.
“I don’t see Real Madrid or anyone else going and making a major offer for him when he’s injured.
“So maybe there is a teeny tiny silver lining there. We can knock those on the head once and for all.”