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Eden Hazard Injured Again; Set to Miss Real Madrid's Champions League Last-16 Clash With Atalanta

By Amreen
Eden Hazard picked up a muscle injury in a 15-minute cameo performance against Elche
Eden Hazard picked up a muscle injury in a 15-minute cameo performance against Elche / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Eden Hazard is set to miss Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Atalanta after picking up yet another injury during a 15-minute cameo performance against Elche over the weekend.

Hazard returned from injury against Elche after being sidelined since February with a thigh injury, and finds himself back on the physio's table after suffering a muscle injury in his side's 2-1 win.

The club confirmed that the 30-year-old suffered a psoas muscle injury against Elche - his first game since January and will miss Madrid's crucial last-16 second leg against Atalanta in the Champions League this week.

Speaking after the game, manager Zinedine Zidane struggled to explain Hazard's bad luck with injuries. "It's something new. I can't really give any more of an explanation," said Zidane.

Zidane added, "Something's up, because he was never injured in his entire career [before joining Real] or there were very few injuries. We want to help him and hope he's back as soon as possible. They're things that I can't explain. I want to be positive and hope that it's not too much of a problem. We're going to try and figure out why it's happening but right now we can't explain it."

The Belgian international has missed 48 of 84 matches in his Real Madrid career, and his latest setback is expected to see him sidelined for a further six weeks. He has missed 17 LaLiga games this season and is yet to play a full 90 minutes in 2020-21.