Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says Eden Hazard is ‘upset’ by the latest injury setback after missing Real Valladolid with a muscle problem … and the Frenchman admits he does not know when the Belgian will return
- Eden Hazard’s injury continued after sustaining a leg muscle injury
- The Real Madrid star lined up to return against Valladolid for his setback
- Hazard missed much of last season due to a pinching ankle problem
- Zinedine Zidane said the player is ‘not happy’ and not sure when he will return
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits he’s unsure when Eden Hazard will return to the squad after his latest injury setback, saying the player is ‘unhappy’ after his hopes for a comeback were dashed.
The Belgian’s move to Bernabeu was a struggle despite coming from Chelsea for £ 130 million, as he only scored once last season before being sidelined with a tricky ankle problem.
Hazard came under fire for reportedly coming back out of shape in the preseason, but had made good progress towards a return and was tipped to play Real Valladolid on Wednesday night before sustaining a leg muscle injury during practice.
Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard has fallen back due to another injury problem at the Bernabeu
Zinedine Zidane admits player is ‘upset’ after contracting muscle problem during training
The Belgian had to watch Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid from the sidelines
Los Blancos scored a 1-0 win without Hazard, and after the game, Zidane could not shed light on how long he would be without the winger, admitting the 29-year-old was ‘upset’.
‘I can’t tell you how long it will take. He got a bit of a punch during pre-game practice, ” he told the media.
‘It looked like a muscle spasm, but in the end it turned out to be something more than that. It’s slightly muscular. It has nothing to do with the injury he got and these things are happening. ‘
Hazard’s spell in Madrid has been tarnished by injuries after missing part of last season
The Spanish press had touted Hazard’s possible return after his disastrous season last semester, calling the 2020-21 campaign his ‘second attempt’ that did not justify his massive transfer fee, but Zidane insisted the club should be patient with him.
“He’s been gone a long time,” he added. ‘I don’t think this one will last long, but I can’t tell you exactly. He’s upset because he was okay. We talked about it at the pre-game press conference, but he’s had a setback and these things can happen.
‘He’s not happy, he knows it’s not that big and we have to take it easy with him. It’s only a matter of time, I’m sure. ‘
He has not impressed since his £ 130 million move and has been knocked down by the Spanish media
Hazard has been criticized by the media in Spain, who last month rejected his decision to enlist in Belgium rather than continue his rehabilitation.
And despite reports that he had put on too much weight in Real Madrid’s camp this summer, Zidane has insisted that the player was ‘not lacking in professionalism’.
Vinicius Jr scored the only goal against Real Valladolid when Madrid won their second match of the season after beating Real Betis 3-2 last time.