Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said he’s not sure if Eden Hazard will play again or not for the club this season after he suffered a fracture to his right ankle at the weekend.
Hazard, 29, is set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining an injury in Saturday’s 1 nil La Liga defeat at Levante. He had been on the sidelines for close to three months and was only making a second appearance after his return.
“I don’t know if his season is over, I don’t know but I hope not,” Zidane said in a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League last 16 first-leg clash against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Hazard was seen as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo when he joined from Chelsea last year in a 100 million euros ($108.68 million) deal. However, injuries have hampered his progress at the Bernabeu since his arrival. He has made just 15 appearances for Madrid with 1 goal to his name.
“I don’t know if he’ll need an operation, it’s not my area. I can see he’s not happy. It’s important he stays positive but, of course, it’s difficult,” Zidane added.
“It’s a bad moment, it won’t be easy and he’ll feel like this for a while.”