Eden Hazard OUT of Manchester City first-leg AND El Clasico

Eden Hazard suffers ANOTHER injury as his disastrous first season in Madrid continues: A fractured ankle means he’ll miss the Champions League clash against Man City and El Clasico… and could miss the rest of the season too

  • Eden Hazard suffered a hairline fracture in his right fibula on Saturday 
  • The Real Madrid man will miss the Champions League first-leg against Man City
  • He is also set to miss El Clasico next Sunday against Barcelona at the Nou Camp
  • Hazard had only just returned to action last week after nearly three months out

Eden Hazard will miss Real Madrid’s Champions League first-leg match against Manchester City on Wednesday and El Clasico next week. 

The Belgian, who had been out of action with an ankle knock since November, only returned last week against Celta Vigo. 

But the club confirmed on Sunday that Hazard has suffered a hairline fracture, picked up in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Levante, in his right fibula and so will at least miss Madrid’s next two matches and could miss the rest of the season. 

Eden Hazard will miss the Champions League first-leg match against Man City and El Clasico

The injury is a huge blow for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane ahead of a busy week of action

A statement from the club on Sunday morning read: ‘Following the tests carried out today on our player, Eden Hazard, by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to his right distal fibula. 

‘His recovery will continue to be assessed.’

Reports say the extent of the injury could mean Hazard is out for two months, which would take him to mid-April and barely a month of the club season left.  

On Saturday, after an impressive first-half, Hazard hobbled off after 61 minutes against Levante. 

He watched the rest of the game with ice strapped to his lower right leg and now Zinedine Zidane’s worst fears have been realised with the Belgian set for more time on the sidelines.  

The former Chelsea forward has only completed five full games since joining the club for an initial £88m last summer.   

Zidane talks to Hazard after he picked up the injury against Levante on Saturday night

‘It doesn’t look good,’ Zidane admitted after the game. 

‘It can become weak where you’ve had an injury. It is a blow, let’s see. It’s sore now but we’ll see tomorrow, when we do more tests.’ 

Madrid face Manchester City in the Champions League last-16 on Wednesday at the Bernabeu, before they travel to Barcelona for El Clasico next Sunday.  

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