Eden Hazard can return to best form at World Cup, says Castagne

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Eden Hazard is capable of putting a torrid few years behind him and returning to his best at the World Cup, according to Timothy Castagne.

Belgium defender Timothy Castagne is confident Red Devils supporters will soon start to see Eden Hazard rekindle his best form.

The former Chelsea winger has suffered a gruesome injury three years since joining LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

Hazard, who will be 32 in January, managed just two goals and one assist in 15 appearances for Madrid in 2022, making just four appearances and playing just 532 first-team minutes.

Now Hazard, who has just over 18 months left on his contract, has a great chance to show what he can do on a different stage as he prepares to play for Belgium at the World Cup in Qatar.

Leicester City full-back Castagne says his team-mate will need time to get back up to speed, but once he does there is no reason he can’t be at his best again.

“The Belgians would like to see the Eden of a few years ago again,” he told a press conference on Saturday.

“As players, we see during training that he is still here. But we know very well that it is not easy to come back without playing much.

“He needs some time and I think the 60 minutes he played [against Egypt on Friday] will be very good for him.

“And then he will try to improve during the tournament. It won’t happen right away – he won’t be incredible during the first game, but step by step he can grow and improve.”

Belgium open their campaign against Canada on Wednesday before facing Morocco and Croatia in Group F.

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