Zinedine Zidane hopes Eden Hazard will play once more this season however has confirmed the Belgian is feeling ache once more in his troublesome proper ankle. Hazard will miss Real Madrid’s recreation away at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday, when Zidane’s crew might lengthen their four-point lead over Barcelona, who face in-form Villarreal. After present process surgical procedure on his proper ankle in March, Hazard was in a position to make use of the three-month suspension to get well.
Yet he was pressured off early in opposition to Espanyol final weekend after taking a knock to the identical ankle after which sat out Madrid’s win over Getafe on Thursday.
“I hope so,” Zidane mentioned, when requested if Hazard will play once more this season. “Eden has been having trouble these last few days. We don’t want to risk anything.
“Hopefully it is minor, we hope we are able to see Eden with us earlier than the top of the season. It’s day-by-day, we all know it was only a massive hit, nothing extra.”
Hazard has endured an injury-plagued first season since joining Real Madrid from Chelsea for 100 million euros last year.
Asked if Hazard was becoming afraid of getting injured, Zidane said: “I do not suppose so, what you need is to be high-quality and to play. When he feels discomfort and is not 100 p.c, it is an issue for him and for everybody.
“We’re here for him. It’s Eden’s first year here, he wants to help the team and when he can’t do it, he’s not happy.”
Madrid at the moment are agency favourites to win the title, having received six out of six video games because the restart.
They will pull seven factors clear in the event that they win away at Bilbao on Sunday, which might put the strain on Barca earlier than they go to Villarreal just a few hours later.
“The players know this is a long and difficult competition and after what they did during the lockdown, they have shown their desire to win everything,” Zidane mentioned.
“So there is no euphoria because we haven’t won anything yet. It’s just about work and commitment.”
Madrid can be with out Raphael Varane on Sunday after the defender harm his neck throughout the win over Getafe.
“It’s just a precaution, he’s been a lot better but it’s in his neck so we don’t want to take any risks,” mentioned Zidane. “It also means he can have a rest which will do him good.”
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