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Hazard makes Belgium squad despite missing Real Madrid's LaLiga openers

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Eden Hazard is yet to make his LaLiga debut for Real Madrid due to injury, but he is in Belgium's squad for their September internationals.

Eden Hazard has been named in the Belgium squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against San Marino and Scotland.

Hazard joined Real Madrid in June, signing a five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu after Chelsea agreed to sell their prized asset.

Madrid were dealt a blow on the eve of their LaLiga opener against Celta Vigo though, when it was confirmed Hazard had sustained a thigh injury.

The 28-year-old has missed Madrid's opening two fixtures, though is reportedly in contention to make his LaLiga bow against Villarreal on Sunday, and any injury concerns have not stopped Roberto Martinez naming Hazard in Belgium's squad for their upcoming qualifiers.

Martinez did, however, confirm Belgium's star man will not be risked if not deemed fully fit.

"For Hazard, every day will be important regarding his injury. We will not take any risks. This weekend will be important and we will take a decision afterwards," the Red Devils coach told a news conference.

Hazard, who has scored three goals in qualifying, is joined by Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne, new Inter striker Romelu Lukaku in a 28-man selection and his younger brother Thorgan, despite the Borussia Dortmund playmaker having been ruled out for "several weeks" with a rib injury.

Benito Raman and Anderlecht youngster Yari Verschaeren have been handed their first senior call-ups. 

Belgium have made a fantastic start to their qualification campaign, winning all four of their Group E matches so far, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one in return.

Martinez's side visit minnows San Marino on September 6, before facing Scotland in Glasgow three days later.

Belgium squad in full: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Matz Sels (Strasbourg); Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Jason Denayer (Lyon), Brandon Mechele (Club Brugge), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham); Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Nacer Chadli (Anderlecht), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Leander Dendoncker (Wolves), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund), Denis Praet (Leicester City), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City); Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Inter), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool), Benito Raman (Schalke), Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion), Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Yari Verschaeren (Anderlecht).

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