Real Madrid will play the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final today, at home. However, the Real team has omitted Eden Hazard from the line-up. Head coach Zinedine Zidane has ruled out Hazard against Liverpool.
Hazard has had a rough going at Santiago Bernabéu ever since he joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2019. He’s suffered a series of back-to-back injuries after becoming a record signing for the Spanish side.
Two serious ankle injuries in his first season with Real meant that Hazard made only 20 starts in all competitions.
His bad luck with injuries worsened further in this campaign. There were five separate setbacks and, as a result, he made only 11 starts, scoring three goals.
He didn’t even participate in Real’s 2-0 win over Eibar on Saturday, despite returning to training just a day before.
And now, Zidane has ruled out Hazard against Liverpool because of his latest muscle injury. He is waiting for the Belgian to regain fitness.
Today, Real Madrid and Liverpool will face each other in Champions League for the first time since 2018. Then, Zidane’s side defeated Jurgen Klopp’s men 3-1, thanks to a brace from man of the match Gareth Bale.