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Real Madrid confirm Eden Hazard’s latest injury setback

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The Belgian star will spend another spell on the sidelines with an injury after limping off in Los Blancos’ last game.

It’s official, Eden Hazard is back on the treatment table at Real Madrid with a thigh problem and will spend an undefined amount of time sidelined.

The former Chelsea winger limped off the pitch before the half-hour mark in Saturday’s game against Alaves. Rodrygo Goes replaced him as Real Madrid crashed to a shocking 2-1 defeat.

Zinedine Zidane later expressed hope that Hazard’s injury was just a knock and ‘not muscular’ during his post-match conference.

But it emerged on Sunday evening that the 29-year-old failed to make the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Shakhtar Donetsk, with the club now confirming Zidane’s worst fears.

“Following tests carried out today on our player, Eden Hazard, by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury in the rectus femoris muscle of his right leg,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Real Madrid offered no potential return for Hazard either, suggesting he may be set for another long stint on the treatment table.