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Martinez: Hazard knock nothing to worry about

 

By Alex Williams

Coach Roberto Martinez says there is "nothing to worry about" regarding playmaker Eden Hazard's fitness after the Belgium skipper limped out of their final World Cup warm-up match against Costa Rica.

Hazard was substituted with a dead leg in the 70th minute of Belgium's 4-1 win in Brussels on Monday but Martinez expects the player to be fit for the start of their campaign in Russia.

"Eden is okay, he had a little trouble, but it's nothing to worry about," the manager said.

"I really enjoyed his performance. He was sharp and strong, he was majestic.

"At the end, he just came off because he had a little bit of a knock on his leg."

Belgium are heading into the tournament on a 19-match unbeaten run and will face Panama in their Group G opener on Monday. Tunisia and England are the other teams in the pool.

•Promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed World Cup-bound Mexico forward Raul Jimenez on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Benfica.

The 27-year-old is Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo's first signing in the close season as they prepare to compete in the top-flight for the first time since 2012.

Jimenez, who has earned 62 caps for Mexico, is set to feature in the World Cup as they open their campaign against holders Germany on Sunday.

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