Real Madrid have been dealt a huge injury blow after new signing Eden Hazard picked up a thigh injury in training, the club’s official site reports.
A statement from Madrid’s website reads: “Following tests carried out after training today, our player Eden Hazard has been diagnosed by the Real Madrid Medical Team with a lesion in the recto anterior muscle of the left thigh. Pending evaluation.”
The Mirror are reporting that the Belgian could be ruled out for up to four weeks with the injury, which would see him miss Los Blancos’ opening three La Liga fixtures.
Hazard, who joined Madrid from Chelsea for £90m in July, will definitely be absent for Real’s season-opener with Celta Vigo on Saturday, which could see a shock return for outcast Gareth Bale.
Despite making it clear that he wanted the Wales international to leave the Bernabeu this summer, manager Zinedine Zidane has said that he will now “count on” the 30-year-old.
“It looked like he was leaving but now he is here and now I’m going to count on him, just like all the other players that are in the squad,” said the Frenchman, per BBC Sport.
With Hazard ruled out for the foreseeable future, it leaves an opportunity for one of the club’s other attackers in Zidane’s starting eleven this weekend.
It’s a blow for Hazard, who has already been accused of showing up to pre-season training overweight by supporters online (via the Sun) as he looks to get his Madrid career off the ground. Indeed, Zidane is now without his marquee summer addition and may have to turn to the likes of Bale or Rodriguez which cannot be seen as ideal considering the fact he’s not thought to want either player.
It’s been a difficult pre-season for Los Blancos in terms of results so this really isn’t the best news ahead of the season opener.
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