Ahead of their Champions League R16 first leg tie against Manchester City, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday he cannot be sure that Eden Hazard will feature again this season.
Hazard suffered another injury as he came off in a 0-1 defeat to Levante on Saturday, which saw them lose the top spot in the league table.
The Belgian underwent a scan on Tuesday, which revealed that Hazard has suffered another fracture and Zidane was unsure whether he’ll play again this season.
“I don’t know if he will need an operation, it’s not my area,” he said in a pre-match press conference.
“And I don’t know if his season is over, I don’t know but I hope not.”
After arriving from Chelsea for a reported 100 million euros in the summer, the 28-year-old has endured an injury-hit first season in Madrid.
Since the start of the season, Hazard has picked up three long-term injuries. After missing Los Blancos’ opening few games, due to a thigh injury, Hazard returned in September and took time to regain his fitness.
But, in November, he suffered his fracture during a Champions League group stage fixture against Paris Saint Germain.
The Belgian skipper has played just 15 games this season, scoring just once — a 4-2 win over Osasuna at the Bernabeu.
“I can see he’s not happy,” said Zidane. “It’s important he stays positive but of course it’s difficult. It’s a bad moment, it won’t be easy and he will feel like this for a while.”