‘I can’t tell you, it is hard to say’: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane unsure whether Eden Hazard will play again this season after fracturing his ankle
- Eden Hazard sustained the ankle injury in the defeat at Levante on Saturday
- He just returned after being out of action with an ankle knock since November
- His injury comes as a huge blow to Real Madrid’s domestic and European hopes
- Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane does not know the full extent of Hazard’s injury
Zinedine Zidane is not sure whether Eden Hazard will feature again for Real Madrid this campaign after he fractured his ankle on the weekend.
The Belgian, who had been out with an ankle knock since November, only returned on February 16 against Celta Vigo but suffered another huge injury setback against Levante on Saturday.
Scans following the defeat at Levante confirmed he had suffered a hairline fracture to his right ankle, which comes as a huge blow ahead of Madrid’s Champions League clash with Manchester City and the El Clasico on Sunday.
Eden Hazard could be out for the rest of the season after fracturing his ankle on the weekend
There are fears the former Chelsea man could now miss the rest of the season and when asked if this was the case, Zidane couldn’t give a definite answer.
‘I can’t tell you. It is hard to say,’ Zidane said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s first leg Champions League last-16 tie against City.
‘We don’t know if he will be operated on, but he’s obviously not happy.
‘He had been out for almost three months and then played two games and picked up an injury.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane speaks to Hazard following his injury against Levante
‘Obviously it is very bad news for him, but I can’t tell you if he’s going to be back before the season is over.’
It has been a nightmare first season at the Bernabeu for Hazard, who has missed 19 matches overall this term for his new club.
In seven years at Chelsea before his £130million move to Madrid in the summer, he missed just 20 matches through injury.
Zidane had only just returned from an ankle injury sustained back in November last year
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