Eden Hazard Could Miss Real Madrid's Champions League Clash With Atalanta as Injury Hell Continues for Belgian Star

By Amreen
Eden Hazard has been ruled out of action for four weeks with a muscle issue
Eden Hazard has been ruled out of action for four weeks with a muscle issue / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Eden Hazard could miss Real Madrid's crunch Champions League clash with Atalanta later this month after he was ruled out with a thigh injury, which could see him sidelined for at least four weeks.

The Belgian has struggled to stay fit since joining Madrid from Chelsea in June 2019, and has now suffered his ninth setback at the club. The LaLiga giants have confirmed that Hazard suffered a muscle injury and could be set to miss the next four to six weeks.

HLN claim the injury is the same as the one he suffered in November, only now in his left leg not his right. If the report is confirmed to be true, the 30-year-old could miss the first leg of Madrid's Champions League last-16 clash with Atalanta towards the end of February.

An official statement from the club read: "Following tests carried out today on our player, Eden Hazard, by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury in the rectus femoris of his left leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed."

He is ruled out of Saturday's LaLiga trip to Huesca and Tuesday's home game with Getafe, and will most definitely miss the Champions League clash, as well as the trip to LaLiga leaders and rivals Atletico Madrid on March 7.

Hazard joined Real in the summer of 2019 for £106m, but has failed to regularly establish himself in the team. He turned up overweight for training the summer he was signed, and the jibes and memes have continued, on and off, ever since.

The winger missed training on Tuesday due to his injury, and international fast-food chain Burgen King took a rather savage dig at the former Chelsea man.

Spanish football chat show El Chiringuito tweeted: "Hazard didn't train with the team today. Why?" And in a cheeky jibe aimed at Hazard, Burger King retweeted El Chiringuito’s comments, and said: "2x1 at Burger King" – suggesting that he had missed training so he could enjoy their latest two-for-one deal.

The comment is a little harsh on a player who has suffered a number of injuries in the last two years. Hazard has made just 35 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and laying on seven assists.