Eden Hazard to miss the first El Classico of the season with an ankle injury

Eden Hazard will likely miss the El Clasico against Barcelona after further tests showed a fracture in his right ankle, as confirmed by Real Madrid Thursday.
The former Chelsea forward was forced off during the match with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week. Despite head coach Zinedine Zidane saying in his post-match interview, he had suffered a “bad twist,” the club announced Hazard had been diagnosed with mere bruising.
However, further tests have revealed a fracture, with the Belgian now expected to be out of action for about four to six weeks, which means he will sit out the match at Camp Nou on December 18.
Madrid released a statement saying, “After tests performed on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid Medical Services during the process of improving the bruising in his right leg, he has been diagnosed with an incomplete external fracture in that area.”
Fullback Marcelo is also likely to be out of the game against Barcelona after the Madrid confirmed the defender had suffered an injury in his left calf.
Hazard’s absence is the more significant blow to Zidane’s side, who are currently sitting in the second position in the La Liga table, behind Barca only on goal difference.
It would have been the 28-year-old’s first El Clasico since he moved to the Spanish capital from Chelsea in a deal around100 million euros ($110 million) last summer.
Hazard had shown some glimpses of his best form in recent weeks after a slow start to his time in Spain, in part due to a thigh strain he picked up at the beginning of the season.
Madrid will host Espanyol on Saturday before three consecutive away games, against Club Brugge in the Champions League, Valencia, and Barca.
Their last fixture before the Christmas break will be at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Author: Cossy

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