“I can’t tell you, it’s hard to say”: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane not sure whether Eden Hazard will play again this season after breaking his ankle
- Eden Hazard sustained the ankle injury in the defeat of Levante on Saturday
- He has just returned after he was out of operation since November
- His injury comes as a huge blow to the domestic and European expectations of Real Madrid
- Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane does not know the full extent of Hazard’s injury
Zinedine Zidane is not sure whether Eden Hazard will show this campaign again for Real Madrid after he broke his ankle at the weekend.
The Belgian, who had been out with a single beating since November, did not return against Celta Vigo until 16 February, but again faced a serious setback against Levante on Saturday.
Scans after the defeat at Levante confirmed that he had sustained a hairline fracture on his right ankle, which is a huge blow to Madrid’s Champions League clash with Manchester City and the El Clasico on Sunday.
Eden Hazard can be out for the rest of the season after breaking his ankle on the weekend
There are fears that the former Chelsea man could now miss the rest of the season and when asked if this was the case, Zidane could not give a definitive answer.
‘I can not tell you. It’s hard to say, “Zidane said during a press conference prior to the first Champions League match on Wednesday 16 against City.
“We don’t know if he will be operated on, but he is clearly not happy.
“He had been out for almost three months and then played two games and was injured.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane addresses Hazard after his injury against Levante
“It is obviously very bad news for him, but I cannot tell you if he will be back before the season is over.”
It was a nightmare first season at the Bernabeu for Hazard, who missed this period 19 games for his new club.
In seven years with Chelsea before his £ 130 million moved to Madrid in the summer, he missed only 20 games due to injury.
Zidane had just returned from an ankle injury sustained in November last year