Eden Hazard suffered another injury vs. Deportivo Alaves

Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Eden Hazard (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid superstar left winger Eden Hazard has suffered yet another injury, and Madridistas can only hope it isn’t serious.

It took Eden Hazard weeks to return to the pitch for Real Madrid to start the 2020-2021 season. And when he did, Los Blancos turned around a 2-0 deficit on the road against Borussia Monchengladbach to rescue a point against Marco Rose’s side. After that, Hazard scored a wondergoal in his first start, which was a 4-1 win vs. Huesca.

Hazard makes Real Madrid so much better. He is their superstar player, and whenever he isn’t on the pitch, even for the later minutes of the 1-1 draw to Villarreal last weekend, the team suffers without him.

On Matchday 11 against Deportivo Alaves, Hazard was limping around with some clear discomfort, which may have resulted from a challenge in the penalty box that was controversially not awarded a spot-kick for Real.

Real Madrid responded by subbing out Hazard after he communicated the situation with the bench. Zinedine Zidane opted to bring in 19-year-old wide forward Rodrygo Goes, who had scored in the Champions League victory over Inter Milan earlier in the week. Hazard left the pitch in the 28th minute.

According to a report from COPE’s Arancha Rodriguez, Eden Hazard is dealing with muscular discomfort in his right leg, and his status will be determined after Los Merengues perform tests on Hazard’s right leg.

A significant injury to Hazard would be devastating to Real, who have come to rely on the Belgian left winger, especially against teams – like Alaves – who sit back and force the issue on Real to create individual magic. And as we saw vs. Huesca, Hazard is THE man in Madrid to create moments of individual brilliance that can decide games.

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Muscular injuries are tricky, and Zidane and Los Blancos must be extra careful with Hazard. They have some huge games coming up, including two Champions League fixtures and massive La Liga tilts against Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in consecutive weekends. Madridistas can only hope that Hazard has avoided another multi-week (or month) absence.