Real Madrid reported that Eden Hazard had experienced another injury loss, with a thigh complaint from a Belgian nurse.
The 29-year-old forward played less than 30 minutes after Saturday’s Blancos ‘La Liga clash with Alaves.
To be substituted by Rodrygo, Hazard limped from the field and was evidently in some pain.
After the game, Zinedine Zidane claimed that he hoped the issue picked up by Hazard would not be too extreme.
According to reporters, Real’s boss said, “I think and hope it’s just a knock.” I hope that this isn’t muscular.
The upgrade he was hoping to escape has now been given to Zidane, confirming that Hazard has sustained muscle damage.
A statement on the official Blancos website read: “After tests carried out today by Real Madrid Medical Services on our player, Eden Hazard, he was diagnosed with an injury to his right leg’s rectus femoris muscle.”
“His regeneration will continue to be evaluated.”
It remains to be seen how long Hazard will be sidelined for, but during his tenure in the Spanish capital, stretches on the recovery table have been all too regular.
As a result, the form was hard to come by, with little traction built in his game.
Real has longed for something more from a player who in the summer of 2019, spent €100 million (£88m/$112m) in a big-money contract with Chelsea.
Most of Hazard’s Santiago Bernabeu debut campaign had to be written off, suffering from injury struggles from the outset.
He ended up being reduced to just 22 appearances in all 2019-20 competitions, with just one goal registered.
This term has almost doubled the tally, but daily breaks are still taking place.
With just 153 minutes of Spanish top-flight action played, Hazard’s outing against Alaves was only his third in La Liga this season.
Real has the ability to tackle those absences in-depth, with plenty of inventive attacking ability at Zidane’s disposal, but when it comes to the Belgium international, anger is building.
Hazard was expected to be the guy who filled a hole in Madrid in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, after all that he had done at Chelsea, but so far he has not come anywhere near scaling those heights.