Football: Belgium without Lukaku and Eden Hazard for Nations League playoff

TURIN, ITALY (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard will miss Belgium’s Nations League third-place playoff with Italy as they are not fully fit, coach Roberto Martinez said on Saturday (Oct 9).

“They both got overloads in their muscles in different areas, and we didn’t have the facilities in our camp to be able to work the way we like to work with our medical people, so we had to send them back to Belgium,” Martinez told reporters.

Hazard left the field with a quarter of an hour remaining in Belgium’s 3-2 semi-final defeat to France on Thursday night, while Lukaku played the full match.

The Chelsea forward even thought he had scored a late winner against France, only to see it ruled out for offside and then watch Theo Hernandez net late to send Les Bleus to Sunday’s final against Spain at the San Siro in Milan.

Belgium face European champions Italy at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Sunday afternoon.

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