Eden Hazard has suffered a huge blow to start of his Real Madrid career through a thigh injury and could miss three to four weeks of action.
Hazard sustained the thigh injury during Real’s final training session on Friday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Celta Vigo. While the cause behind it remains unknown, the club later confirmed the reports.
“After the tests carried out after training today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to the anterior part of his right thigh,” read a club statement.
“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
The Spanish press has claimed that Real could be without Hazard for up to a month. Apparently, La Liga players who have suffered similar injuries recently needed that much time to recuperate.
Should this be correct, the 28-year-old will likely miss Los Blancos’ upcoming fixtures against Celta, Real Valladolid and Villarreal.
Therefore, Hazard could make his La Liga debut against Levante on September 14 at home. If not, he might make the trip to Sevilla eight days later.
Nonetheless, it’s a massive blow for the Belgium captain considering he only joined Real this summer from Chelsea in a €100m deal. Hopes were high in Madrid that he could fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo, with the club even giving him the Portuguese’s old No.7 jersey.
Head coach Zinedine Zidane must now work on a last-minute plan to cover Hazard’s absence. Fortunately, he has ready-made options in the likes of Vinicius Junior and Isco for this weekend.
On the other hand, this could also open the door for outcasts Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. The duo can play down the flanks and Zidane has recently stated they have “100 per cent” of his backing.
Marco Asensio and Rodrigo Goes are also out for Los Merengues’ La Liga opener at on Saturday. While Brahim Diaz and Ferland Mendy are doubts, with Dani Carvajal suspended.
The match between Celta and Real will begin at 17:00 (CET).
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