Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has dismissed fears that Eden Hazard will require surgery on his damaged right ankle, stating that the "injury is under control".
Hazard picked up the knock during Madrid's 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of November, when he was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Thomas Meunier, but the Belgian star was tipped to return within the following two weeks.
The 28-year-old has struggled to overcome the recurring issue and he will not feature for Los Merengues against Club Brugge on Wednesday evening, but Zidane has insisted that Hazard should not need to undergo surgery on his right ankle, as quoted by Marca.
"I don't think he'll need an operation, but I don't know exactly," Zidane explained whilst speaking ahead of the Champions League clash.
"What I can say is that the injury is under control right now."
The Madrid coach was philosophical over Hazard's injury layoff, admitting that "the important thing is to be patient", rather than hurrying the winger's return from this current setback.
He added: "There was talk of him missing one week and then two, but the important thing is to be patient.
"I hope he can return soon."
Madrid will have to settle for second place in Group A, as PSG top their Champions League group with an unassailable 13 points. Los Blancos threw away a two-goal lead over Les Parisiens at the Santiago Bernabeu on matchday five, and they also dropped points against Wednesday's opponents Club Brugge in the Spanish capital.
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