Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard is not expected to make his return in Sunday’s Madrid derby clash against city rivals Atletico.
The Belgian was back in training last month but is now thought to have suffered a setback on his road to recovery. Hazard hasn’t played for Real since the end of January because of a muscle injury, and has already had two earlier spells out of the side with muscle problems - making just eight appearances in La Liga this season as a result.
When the 30-year-old was able to start training again in February, it was hoped that he might be nearing a return to pitch. But while other players like Federico Valverde and Rodrygo recovered and appeared as substitutes against Real Sociedad last Monday, Hazard was still waiting.
Marca claims that Hazard was making good progress and was originally ahead of schedule to return. But a relapse ahead of that last game is thought to have prevented him from being involved then and will also now rule him out of a comeback in the derby.
It is not believed to be a new problem, rather a fresh ‘pain’ relating to the existing injury. There is now no estimated timeframe for when he might be expected to be fit again.
Injuries have plagued Hazard ever since he completed a €100m move to Real from Chelsea in the summer of 2019. He managed only 22 appearances in his debut season, largely the result of a broken foot in the middle of the campaign, but other niggling issues kept cropping up.
90min has already revealed that Real are ready to move on and would be prepared to offer Hazard to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a summer approach for French superstar Kylian Mbappe.