Euro 2020: Hazard in a race against time for Belgium's opener against Russia

Hazard also said he expected to stay at Real Madrid next season, even after the departure of coach Zinedine Zidane.

Hazard featured sparingly for Real Madrid this season because of an ongoing ankle problem and won the last of 106 caps for Belgium since November 2019.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Eden Hazard hoped to be ready to play for Belgium in its opening game of the European Championship but is still unsure whether he will be fit in time, the forward told a news conference on Monday.

"It has been a complicated year but I hope to be ready for the first game. I have to take it day by day and see how it goes with the medical staff," he said.

"I missed the last games of the season at Real Madrid, so I have had time to rest and so we’ll see how it goes."

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Hazard featured sparingly for Real Madrid this season because of an ongoing ankle problem and won the last of 106 caps for Belgium since November 2019.

"We will see at training over the next days before the Euros. We have some time before our first match and I want to ready for that one," he added.

Top-ranked Belgium kicks off its campaign away against Russia in St Petersburg on June 12.

Hazard also said he expected to stay at Real Madrid next season, even after the departure of coach Zinedine Zidane and in the wake of media speculation over his future at the club.

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