Real Madrid have confirmed winger Eden Hazard is set for yet another spell on the sidelines after picking up another injury.
The Belgian, who was signed from Chelsea in 2019 in a deal which could rise to £150m, has missed more games than he has played since joining Real, but manager Zinedine Zidane recently backed him to come back and play ‘like a motherf****r‘…whatever that means.
Hazard played 15 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Elche – his first minutes since January – but Real have now confirmed on their official website that the 30-year-old is back on the treatment table after picking up a psoas injury.
This is the 11th injury Hazard has suffered since joining the club in 2019. For comparison, he only dealt with nine during his seven years at Chelsea which saw him miss a total of 21 matches. At Real, he has already missed 50.
As always, Real declined to give any information about a potential return date, but there’s already a lot going on in the Spanish media, who are loving the comparisons to Gareth Bale these days.
Carlos Rodriguez of Onda Madrid suggests that Hazard is facing at least another month on the sidelines, which obviously rules him out of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie with Atalanta, for which Real hold a slim 1-0 advantage.
His involvement in El Clasico against Barcelona on April 11 also appears to be in doubt. Even if he is back in training at that point, it’s hard to see Zinedine Zidane risking him again.
The boss confessed in his press conference (via Marca) that he is at a loss for words with Hazard’s injuries, saying: “Something is going on. He has never been injured in his career and this is new for him. I can’t explain more. We all want to help him. I hope he will be with us soon.”
Karim Benzema added: “Eden hasn’t had any luck since he arrived. I’m sad for him. He’s a top player who can help us a lot. He’s sad because he wants to prove he’s a star.
“We have in our minds what is happening to him. We want to help him. Hopefully he will recover soon.”