One just can’t help but imagine how Real Madrid are coping with Eden Hazard’s injury problems, and more importantly, how the player himself is coping.
The Belgian didn’t hide his aspirations of playing for Real Madrid but sadly, his time at the Bernabeu is being hampered by recurring injuries.
His latest injury seems to have frustrated the club as he will miss the next six weeks of footballing action as well as the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash against Atalanta.
Since his move to Real Madrid in 2019, Hazard has missed 43 games. This is not a good statistic, considering he was bought to function as a Galactico and help return Los Blancos to European glory after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
This has in turn affected his form as he has not been able to replicate the form which saw Real Madrid shell out €115m for signature from Chelsea.
In a season and a half at the Bernabeu, he has scored just 4 goals and provided 7 assists, and this is a far cry from what was expected from a player of his caliber.
The injuries are also a concern for the Belgium national team as the national team doctor Kristof Sas revealed the following in a comment carried by Marca: “We are awaiting the details to know more, but it’s clear that it’s worrying,”
“Injuries at this stage of the season aren’t worrisome for the European Championship, it’s even a rest period. But with Eden it’s different.”
“It’s another relapse, a chronic situation that always goes wrong in the end. First the ankle, then the muscle injuries. It’s all very unpleasant. Eden is in a vicious circle and it’s not easy to get out of it. It’s disturbing what happens with his musculature. A footballer should be able to kick, turn and jump, all at high speed. And of course, this is more difficult during rehabilitation.
“A fit player has a better chance of staying healthy. We would have preferred Eden to play every game for Madrid, it’s the best way to get to the European Championship in top shape. He needs pace and continuity. The situation isn’t dramatic for us yet, but we must urgently escape this dead end.”
Meanwhile, Belgium have been drawn in Group B of the forthcoming European Championship and will face the likes of France, Denmark, and Russia.