Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Eden Hazard out of El Clasico with fractured ankle

Eden Hazard out of El Clasico with fractured ankle

The end made all the alarms against the PSG jump as he left the pitch in the 68th minute without being able to support his right leg, the same one in which in June 2017 he was implanted with a titanium plate after suffering a fractured ankle.

Madrid subsequently sent Hazard for further tests and discovered "an incomplete external microfissure" - or small fracture.

Hazard was forced off during the draw with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last week and despite Zinedine Zidane saying after the match he had suffered a "bad twist", Madrid announced the Belgian had been diagnosed with "bruising".

While the club have not confirmed how long they expect him to be absent for, such injuries generally take at least a month to recover from, with widespread media reports adamant Hazard will miss El Clasico.

Real also said on Thursday that defender Marcelo has sustained a calf injury, with Marca reporting he is also in danger of missing El Clasico at the Nou Camp on 18 December, which has been rescheduled over political unrest in Barcelona.

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But Hazard's absence is the bigger blow to Zidane's side, who sit second in La Liga, behind Barca only on goal difference.

Sources have told ESPN that Hazard's injury is "bad luck" because he had "at last found his best form" after a hard adaptation process since his summer move from Chelsea.

Hazard had proven glimpses of his greatest type in latest weeks after a sluggish begin in Spain, partly resulting from a thigh pressure he picked up at first of the season.

Their final fixture earlier than the Christmas break will likely be at residence to Athletic Bilbao.

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