Eden Hazard is set to miss Real Madrid’s mid-week clash against Manchester City and the El Clasico at the weekend after suffering a hairline fracture to his right ankle.
What’s the story?
The Belgian, who only recently returned from a three-month lay-off due to an ankle problem was subbed off in the second half as Real Madrid lost 1-0 at the Ciutat de Valencia.
Hazard limped off during the 1-0 defeat with Zinedine Zidane admitting afterwards that it “didn’t look good”.
And now the club have revealed, via their official website, that Hazard has a hairline fracture at the point where his fibula meets his ankle but do not say how long the winger will be out for.
Official Statement: “Following the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to his right distal fibula, his recovery will continue to be assessed.”
What’s next for Eden Hazard and Real Madrid?
Hazard could be seen sitting on the visitors’ bench receiving treatment to his lower right leg, with Zidane now waiting to discover the full extent of the problem ahead of two huge home fixtures.
Madrid, who went on to lose 1-0 to Levante, host Manchester City on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. Followed by the visit of title rivals Barcelona in league action next Sunday.
Hazard was making just his second outing since requiring surgery on his right ankle after he was hurt against Paris Saint-Germain on November 2.
His debut campaign in the Spanish capital got off to a delayed start following a thigh injury in pre-season, forcing him to wait until September 14 to make his debut following his arrival from Chelsea in June.
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