Hazard rocked by fresh Real Madrid injury woe
Eden Hazard has suffered yet another injury setback at Real Madrid, with a muscular problem that could see the €100 million forward miss up to a month of action including the first El Clasico of the season.
“Following tests carried out today on our player, Eden Hazard, by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in his right leg,” the club said in a statement. “His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Sources told ESPN that Hazard, 29, was expected to be out for three to four weeks, which would see him miss La Liga matches with Valladolid, Levante, Cadiz and potentially the trip to Camp Nou to face Barcelona on Oct. 24 or 25.
He admitted arriving at the Bernabeu out of shape, before suffering an ankle fracture against Paris Saint-Germain in November and another which required surgery in Dallas in March of this year.
Hazard’s return when La Liga restarted after its three-month suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic was also underwhelming, and he ended the 2019-20 campaign with just one league goal in 16 appearances.
Hazard was supposed to make his comeback against Valladolid — with Zidane describing him as “really close” and “ready” in a news conference on Tuesday — but that has now been put on hold.
Sources close to the Real Madrid dressing room told ESPN that Hazard was “down, and really upset” after this latest injury, although the club remain confident that he will get back to his best over the course of this season.