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Eden Hazard undergoes ankle surgery, vows to come back stronger in Instagram post

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After fracturing his ankle on Sunday while training with the Belgian national team, Eden Hazard underwent ankle surgery on Monday, posting an update on his official Instagram page afterwards.

Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support everyone!!

Hazard adorned his message with the hashtags ‘family’ and ‘cfc’, the latter being an important reminder that he’s not cast doubt on his Chelsea future in recent days at all, so don’t believe those headlines.

The ankle fracture that Hazard suffered (all on his own apparently, without another player involved) is fortunately a clean-ish break, which should make recovery a bit more straightforward. Still, it could take up to three months, which would rule him out for the best part of the first month of the season.

"Hazard suffered a fracture in the bone, Thankfully not in the shin. The scan only showed minimal lesion at the ligaments.”

"He will recover in about three months. Eden knows this is very realistic. He remains optimistic, even after this trauma. He will return as a top player. In three months he will just perfect."

-Kris Van Crombrugge, Belgium team doctor; source: Sky

The new season starts August 12, with Chelsea’s Champions League campaign kicking off a month later on September 12 or 13. Hopefully Hazard is back by then.

P.S.: Nice underpants, Eden! Stylin’!