The Real Madrid and Belgium star Eden suffered an injury/muscular discomfort/weak body again again. The star signing of Real Madrid is faced with another four to six weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury in which is his ninth setback since joining the club in 2019. Real Madrid is an impatient club. It’s very strange to see Real Madrid fans this patient after so many injury setbacks. It’s only because he was supposed to fill the giant hole left behind by Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s because fans knew how good he was at Chelsea. But probably they are losing faith in Eden. Eden is just a shadow of himself. Also because it was his very careful and calculated return to football again. Still, he suffered. It clearly shows there is something very wrong going on in his body or something seriously misunderstood by the medical team of Real Madrid.
Hazard's injury problems have been described as 'chronic' by Belgium's national team doctor and the £150million winger hasn't been able to complete a full 90 minutes since November 23, 2019.
An uncannily accurate prediction made by Mourinho during his second spell as Chelsea manager has now resurfaced. It was a Thomas Munier foul on Eden’s ankle that created this line of injury for him. Since then, he is just on and off. Even the COVID-19 lockdown couldn’t heal his injury line properly.
But Mourinho was very peculiar about his opinion on fouls on Eden Hazard. During his short stint of Real Madrid appearances, he was one of the most fouled players. A very peculiar statistic for a player who hardly ever plays 90 minutes. The Portuguese was making the point that Hazard wasn't protected enough by referees and was taking some heavy punishment in the Premier League during Eden’s time at Chelsea. Mourinho warned it could cut Hazard's career short.
He said at the time: “People [are] in love with football in this country; people must be in love with Eden Hazard.”
“he's not being protected by referees, maybe one day we don't have Eden Hazard.”
Mourinho expressed his anger and concern over the number of times Eden was being fouled regularly.
“It's one, two, three, four, five, 10 aggressive fouls against him. They kick and kick and kick, and the kid resists. He's a very honest guy in the way he plays, but that's another problem.”
Mourinho made the comments after Chelsea had lost 5-3 at Tottenham on New Year's Day 2015. Mourinho and the Chelsea bench had demanded a red card when Federico Fazio had brought Hazard down when he was in on goal.
Hazard was one of the Premier League's most fouled players that season but Chelsea went on to win the Premier League title.
He transferred to Real in June 2019 for an initial fee of £88m that could rise to almost £150m with additional fees.
But his time at the Bernabeu has been ruined by injuries with 43 matches missed because of nine different injury absences, compared to 35 appearances made.
This latest problem will likely keep him out of the first leg of Real's Champions League last-16 tie against Atalanta this month. Zinedine is walking on a very tight rope. With Supercopa and Copa Del Rey chances tarnished, Zidane also has worrying signs on his title defense. After a very long time Zidane had his best and preferred front trio of Asensio, Benzema, and Hazard. But an injury sidelined hazard again.
🎙| Kristof Sas (doctor of the Belgian NT): "We're waiting to know more about Hazard but it is worrisome. At first it was an ankle problem but the last 3 times it was a muscle injury. Eden is in a vicious circle and it's not easy to get out. It's a chronic relapse."🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/rgy5EV8PXd— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) February 4, 2021
Belgian national team doctor Kristof Sas has said the fitness situation is 'different' with Hazard, before going on to highlight the main concerns.
He told Belgian publication Nieuwsblad: “We are awaiting the details and knowing more, but it is clear that it is worrisome.”
“The injuries at this stage of the season are not worrisome for the Euros, it is even a rest period. But with Eden it is different”
Another relapse, a chronic situation that always goes wrong in the end. First the ankle, then the muscle injuries. It's all very unpleasant.
Eden is in a vicious circle and it's not easy to get out of it. It's disturbing what happens with musculature. A footballer must be able to kick, turn, jump, all at high speed. And, of course, this is more difficult during rehabilitation. He needs pace and continuity. The situation is not dramatic for us yet but he must urgently get out of that dead end.
Nobody had any doubts that Eden Hazard was the right signing for Real Madrid, despite the 100 million euro cost, however, injuries have totally blighted the Belgian's career with Los Blancos, and he now looks set to join the club of cursed players along with Jonathan Woodgate, Kaka and Robert Prosinecki.