Zidane doesn’t know if injured Hazard’s season is over

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.

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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.”

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