Hazard injury woes continue as Belgian limps off for Real Madrid against Alaves

Eden Hazard Real Madrid 2020-21

Eden Hazard was taken off in the first half of Real Madrid’s match against Alaves on Saturday with an apparent injury.

Hazard, who was making just his third appearance in La Liga this season,was replaced by Rodrygo.

The 29-year-old’s campaign has been heavily disrupted by injuries, having missed the start of the campaign due to a muscle issue.

He played for the first time in 2020-21when he came off the bench in the Champions League draw with Borussia Monchengladbach in late October and returned to the starting XI four days later in the league match against Huesca, scoring the first goal as they ran out 4-1 winners.

A few days later, however, he tested positive for Covid-19 and had to be sidelined for a short period.

Hazard was in action again last week when he started in the 1-1 draw against Villarreal in the Spanish top-flight.

Hethen featured in the 2-0 win at Inter in the Champions League in midweek, in which he opened the scoring after just seven minutes.

Los Blancos sat fourth in the table heading into Saturday’s encounter at theSantiago Bernabeu, six points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.

The hosts fell behind against Alaves just five minutes into the clash when ex-Arsenal and West Ham attacker Lucas Perez converted a penalty.

Hazard had a chance to level the scorelater in the half when he collected the ball near the halfway line and drove towards goal.

The former Chelsea star’s effort was denied by Alaves goalkeeper Pacheco, however.

Hazard has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Madrid since he joined from Chelsea in the summer of 2019.

Despite his struggles, Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has backed him to get back to his best next year.

Source : goal.com