Zidane unsure how long Eden Hazard will be sidelined


Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is uncertain how long Eden Hazard will be sidelined, but said that after another injury setback, the attacker was “upset.”

Hazard, 29, is going through a torrid stretch in Madrid, and has yet to make an appearance this season, now doubting whether he’s going to fit for El Clasico later this month.

The Belgian international was ready to return from an ankle problem but sustained a muscle injury that saw him miss the 1-0 La Liga victory over Real Valladolid on Wednesday.

Zidane is uncertain how long Hazard, signed last year from Chelsea, will be unavailable.

I can’t tell you how long it will be. Before the game, he picked up a little bit of a knock in training, “he told a news conference.”

It seemed like a muscle spasm, but it turned out to be a little bit more than that in the end. It’s a muscular thing. It’s nothing to do with the injury he’s had and it happens with these things.

“For a long time, he’s been gone. This one won’t be long, I don’t think, but I can’t tell you exactly.

Since arriving in Madrid, where he scored one goal and produced three assists in 16 La Liga appearances last season, Hazard has struggled to impress.

After his latest injury, Zidane said the former Lille star was disappointed but stressed the importance of keeping it in perspective.

“He’s angry because he was all right. Before the match, we spoke about it at the press conference, but he had a loss and these things can happen,” he said.

“He’s not pleased, he knows that it’s not a huge deal, and with him, we have to take it easy. I’m sure it’s a matter of a little time.”

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