Eden Hazard of Belgium has urged World Cup officials to protect players like him and Neymar..
Hazard of Real Madrid was the second-most fouled player in the tournament after the first round of matches, trailing only Brazil’s Neymar.
However, while Hazard was unharmed in the 1-0 win over Canada, Neymar will miss his team’s final two group matches after being injured against Serbia.
“I always say a foul on me means I have the ball, so it’s a good sign, it’s part of my game,” the 31-year-old explained.
“More ball players, like me, Neymar, and Vinicius Junior, can receive fouls.” We must deal with it. It’s not a problem; it’s all part of the game..
“I just hope opponents get yellow cards more often than they do now, because that will stop the fouls.” But it’s all part of the game; if you don’t want to be fouled, don’t get the ball.
Hazard has struggled with form and fitness at Real Madrid this season, playing just over 70 minutes of football.
However, the former Chelsea winger nearly equaled that figure against Canada and insists he is ready to go again when Belgium takes on Morocco on Sunday.
“I’m feeling great so far; I played 65 minutes and did well, but I think we can all improve as a team,” he added..
The recovery period is going swimmingly. I felt good on the pitch for about an hour. The next match is four days away, but recovery has gone well. “The most important thing for me is to play.”
Romelu Lukaku’s injury recovery is ahead of schedule, but coach Roberto Martinez does not expect the striker to face Morocco.
“Medically, Romelu was only available for the third game, but he’s ahead of schedule and the signs are very good,” Martinez said.
“Unless something very good happens today, I don’t expect him to be involved tomorrow.”
Morocco drew 0-0 with Croatia in their first match, and midfielder Yahya Jabrane said, “This is another difficult game.”.
We must play our best game and achieve a positive outcome in order to advance as far as possible..”