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Zidane comments on latest Hazard injury setback

The Belgian had only just returned to full training after a lengthy absence, but will not have to wait a bit longer to feature this season

 
9:37am on Thursday 1st October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Zinedine Zidane says Eden Hazard is "upset" at his latest injury setback, but doesn't think the talented winger will be out for a long time.

Hazard's Real Madrid career has been marred with injury issues since his big-money move from Chelsea last summer, with him featuring just 16 times in La Liga in 2019/20, while he scored just one goal in that time.

It was an ankle issue which continually kept him out of action - an ankle issue which he had recovered from to take part in full training this week.

However, he has now picked up an injury to his right thigh.

Zidane is unclear as to how long he'll be out for this time, but has assured Madrid fans that it isn't a bad injury.

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"I can't tell you how long it'll be. He picked up a bit of a knock in training before the game," the Madrid boss told the press on Wednesday.

"It looked like a muscle spasm but in the end it turned out to be a bit more than that. It's something muscular. It's nothing to do with the injury he's had and these things happen.

"He's been out for a long time. I don't think this one will be long but I can't tell you exactly."

Hazard remains "upset" by the latest news, but Zidane says it is important to move on as these things can happen.

"He's upset because he was all right. We talked about it at the press conference before the match, but he's had a setback and these things can happen," The Frenchman continued.

"He's not happy, he knows that it's not a big thing and we have to take it easy with him. It's a question of little time, I'm sure."

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