Real Madrid have been handed an injury boost with the news that Eden Hazard will only be out of action for around ten days, after the Belgian star limped off against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday evening.
Hazard was fouled by international teammate Thomas Meunier and took a heavy blow to his right ankle, the same one which was operated on in 2017. The 28-year-old was forced to leave the field after 68 minutes in his side’s 2-2 draw with PSG, and there were serious concerns over the extent of the injury.
In the aftermath of the game, manager Zinedine Zidane called the injury ‘more than a knock’ and revealed that the player would undergo tests to assess the damage.
Real Madrid have since released a brief statement on Hazard’s status, confirming only bruising rather than anything more serious.
The statement on the club’s official website reads: “After the tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an external bruise on his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
While there are no dates mentioned, Spanish programme El Chiringuito TV claim that Hazard will only be sidelined for around ten days, which (if true) will come as a great relief to Zidane, who has an upcoming Clásico to plan for.
The ex-Chelsea star struggled to adapt to life in Spain following his €100m move from the Blues, but he has begun to recapture the scintillating form which convinced Madrid to splash the cash this summer.
This latest setback means Hazard will miss this weekend’s clash with Alavés, but he may be back in contention for Los Blancos’ home match against Espanyol on the following Saturday.
Zidane’s men are joint-top with Barcelona in the La Liga standings, but both side’s have made indifferent starts to the new season by their own high standards. The French boss has found himself under pressure in recent weeks, and the Madrid faithful will have been frustrated by their side surrendering a two-goal lead over PSG on Tuesday.
Star striker Karim Benzema opened the scoring after 17 minutes, and looked to have sealed the victory when he doubled his tally with ten minutes left to play.
The Ligue 1 Champions came storming back to snatch a point however, through goals from Madrid target Kylian Mbappé and Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia.