Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard admits he may never fully recover from injury struggles

Tom Gott
Eden Hazard fears his injury problems could take their toll
Eden Hazard fears his injury problems could take their toll / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard has confessed he fears he may never make a complete recovery from the injury struggles which have plagued his time in Spain.

Since his expensive move from Chelsea in 2019, Hazard has managed just five goals and eight assists in 43 appearances for Real, missing more games through injury than he has actually been fit to play in.

A lot of the blame for Hazard's fitness issues has been placed on the first ankle fracture he suffered in December 2019, which many close to the Belgium star believe altered his running style and left him more susceptible to all the muscle injuries which have followed.

Now at Euro 2020, Hazard has flashed glimpses of the world-beating talent we all know is in there, but he confessed that, at 30 years old, there's a good chance his body may never fully recover from all the setbacks.

"I’ve never doubted my own qualities," he told a press conference (via Marca). "I know what I can do on a football pitch, but what I have doubted is getting over all these injuries. I didn’t know whether I’d be at my best. I’ve actually broken my ankle three times and I don’t know if it will ever be the same again.

Eden Hazard
Hazard is yet to show his best form in Spain / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

"It won’t be the same as it was ten years ago when I was starting out, but that’s life. I try not to think about the injury. If I think about it then I will refrain from really getting stuck in. If I start being worried about contact then I shouldn’t be on the pitch should I?"

Hazard's Real future has been up in the air over the past few months, with plenty of reports suggesting he could be sold this summer and others insisting he is set to be a core part of the team going forwards.

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Hazard has looked better for Belgium / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images

"At Real Madrid there is real pressure to perform, but also in Belgium too," he continued. "When I go out on the pitch, I give it my all.

"On the pitch I'm not thinking about the pressure I'm under. If I think about it, I shouldn't be on the pitch. I have to face up to the situation and play my game. I need to be smarter and find solutions."

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