Belgium captain Eden Hazard is recovering well and making a strong bid to be ready for Friday’s European Championship quarterfinal against Italy, his brother Thorgan said on Tuesday.

Hazard pulled up with a hamstring strain near the end of Belgium’s hard-fought victory over holder Portugal in the last 16 in Seville on Sunday and had been given a 50-50 chance to recover for Friday’s match in Munich by coach Robert Martinez when he held a news conference on Monday.

But 24 hours later, the skipper’s sibling handed Belgium fans some hope when he told reporters: “Eden is doing well. He is working hard with the medical staff to be ready for Italy.”

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The 30-year-old Eden Hazard gave an impressive performance in leading Belgium to a 1-0 win on Sunday, which Martinez said was his best showing for his…

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