Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, and Fede Valverde injury updates

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

Real Madrid fans have gotten used to keeping an especially close eye on the injury report this season. Some blame Sanitas, others point out that it’s more about the quick succession of matches and lack of an actual break, exacerbated by the pandemic.

The reality is that Real have, like many other clubs, been hit hard by injuries this season. Eden Hazard and Dani Carvajal have been their two biggest, long-running injury issues this season, and there is a bit of an update on both star players.

According to a report from Manu de Juan of AS, neither Eden Hazard nor Dani Carvajal are expected to return to Real Madrid until at least the middle of April.

In the case of Hazard, this is pretty much an obvious statement. It wouldn’t be a shock if Hazard were sidelined for the remainder of the season. That might be for the best, since it seems like the Belgian gets injured every time he returns at this point. He needs an extended break, and Real probably need to find a new approach to helping him.

Dani Carvajal could now be a doubt for Real Madrid vs. Liverpool

As for Carvajal, this news update qualifies as mildly discouraging, since there was optimism he’d be ready to face Liverpool in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid’s first fixture against the reigning Premier League champions will be on Apr. 6, and the second leg will be on Apr. 14. So based on this information from Manu de Juan, Madridistas should not take Carvajal’s return for granted.

Finally, the injury update on Fede Valverde. AS reports that Valverde, who has dealt with recurring injuries himself in 2020-2021, was able to practice with the ball and should be on track for a Clasico return on Apr. 10. He would then also be able to play against Liverpool in the second leg on Apr. 14.

All told, the update on the hard-running center midfielder sounds like a positive one. No news of a setback automatically qualifies as good news as far as Real Madrid fans are concerned, and Valverde is right on track to return as expected.

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In the meantime, Real must win without him and fellow midfielder Toni Kroos, as both men will be out this weekend in La Liga against Eibar. Los Blancos should be able to pick up the three points, though winning any match without either Kroos, Luka Modric, or Karim Benzema is a gargantuan task for Zinedine Zidane’s men at this point.