MADRID – Eden Hazard is practically ruled out for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 between Real Madrid and Atalanta on February 24 after suffering a new injury during training on Wednesday. The Belgian has a muscle injury in the left anterior rectus and, according to ESPN, he will be out for a minimum of four weeks.
“After the tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he was diagnosed with a muscle injury in the left anterior rectus. Pending evolution ”, announced Real Madrid on its website.
The first alarms went off Tuesday when Hazard was absent from the training session. The Belgian returned to training on Wednesday but noticed some discomfort in the final stretch of the session and the medical tests carried out confirmed that he suffers a muscle injury in the left anterior rectus.
Sources close to the Belgian admit to ESPN that Hazard is “mentally ill.” However, the former Chelsea player has only been able to play 13 games this season and has already suffered nine injuries since arriving at the Santiago Bernabéu a year and a half ago as a star signing, plus the period of absence due to the coronavirus.
In principle, the Belgian international is expected to miss the La Liga matches against Huesca, Getafe, Valencia and Valladolid. Furthermore, his presence against Atalanta in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 is almost ruled out.
In fact, sources close to the coaching staff slip to ESPN that, if the initial deadlines are confirmed and taking into account how difficult it is to catch up, the hopes are more placed on being able to play the second leg against the Italians that will be played on the 16 March at the Bernabéu. Thus, the only good news on the day for Zidane is the recovery of Sergio Ramos for the match against Huesca.