Hazard fitness woes continue

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Real Madrid star Eden Hazard is set to be out for up to six weeks as he has suffered yet another injury, the club said in a statement.

In a torrid campaign blighted by fitness issues, Madrid said Hazard had injured a muscle in his left thigh following Wednesday’s training session. The Belgian international had missed the previous day’s session with muscle fatigue.

The Spanish giants did not state for how long Hazard, 30, would be out but according to a Spanish newspaper Marca, he would be sidelined for between four and six weeks.

He is ruled out of Saturday’s La Liga trip to Huesca and Tuesday’s home game with Getafe while he is almost certain to miss the Uefa Champions League last 16 first-leg game at Atalanta on February 24 and their trip to league leaders Atletico Madrid on March 7.

Hazard, who joined Madrid from Chelsea two years ago had his first season disrupted by two major ankle injuries and has had three separate spells on the sidelines this campaign.

He missed six weeks at the start of the season with an ankle injury and then was forced to miss two weeks in November after testing positive for Covid-19.

His return from the virus barely lasted 10 days due to a hamstring injury which prevented him from waiting six weeks for his next Real start, away to Osasuna on January 9.

He showed signs of his ability with a goal and impressive individual performance in a 4-1 win at Alaves on January 23 but hopes of a full return to form have been dealt a fresh blow with this latest muscle injury.

Hazard has made only six La Liga starts this season and has only completed 90 minutes in one league match in his short and troubled Real career.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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