Eden Hazard will not return to fitness in time for Real Madrid’s first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona later this month.
A report in Cuatro outlines how the Belgian playmaker believes he needs a longer recovery time to ensure he does not suffer any more recurrences from his injury and this plan has been endorsed by Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
🚨⚽ Hazard descarta jugar el Clásico del Camp Nou
💥⚪ El belga quiere redebutar cuando esté al máximo nivelhttps://t.co/irzTxzFor0
— Deportes Cuatro (@DeportesCuatro) October 15, 2020
The former Chelsea star has continually been frustrated with injuries and lost large portions of last season through injury and has faced a frustrating start to this campaign.
The player’s decision to join up with the national team meant he lost 10 days of pre-season training with his club and there is said to now be scrutiny over the decision.
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Hazard netted just one goal across 22 appearances in his debut campaign in Spain, although Madrid ended up winning their first league title in three years.
The Belgian international suffered a fracture to his right distal fibula during the 1-0 La Liga loss at Levante in February – just a week after he returned from a similar three-month layoff, summing up a difficult campaign.