Eden Hazard is not expected to return to action before November’s international break as the Real Madrid forward has yet to fully recover from his injury in his right leg. What at first seemed to be a minor discomfort has developed into an injury that has not allowed the Belgium international to feature so far in the 2020/21 season for Los Blancos.
The next international break is set to be held between November 10 and 18, one year after Hazard picked up an ankle injury following Thomas Meunier’s challenge in Real Madrid’s Champions League duel against Paris Saint-Germain at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Following that injury, he followed conservative treatment before undergoing surgery after suffering a setback later in the season.
This year, Hazard was far from fit when he returned to training with Real Madrid. On September 29, he suffered a muscle injury that at first seemed to be minor but that has ruled him out for the match with Barcelona and for at least another three weeks, with the club focused on helping Hazard throughout in this mental and physical recovery process.
“Hazard is going to explode soon,” his compatriot Thibaut Courtois recently told Cadena Ser. And the truth is that his teammates, coaching staff and club directors want the Belgium international to be happy again and regain that confidence that he demonstrated in his six-year spell Chelsea.
For Hazard, it is partly a matter of confidence and self-esteem as his quality cannot be questioned. If necessary, the Belgian could force a speedy return to action, but Real Madrid insist that he should come back only when he has fully recovered.