Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid nightmare continues as star tests positive for coronavirus after finally returning to full fitness… with midfielder Casemiro also ruled out with the disease
- Eden Hazard had only just recovered from a calf injury to play for Real Madrid
- He started for Zinedine Zidane’s side against Huesca and Inter Milan last week
- He will now miss the trip to Valencia alongside Brazilian team-mate Casemiro
- The news comes hours after Hazard was included in Belgium’s latest squad
Belgium international Hazard has struggled to make an impact in the Spanish capital following his high-profile move from Chelsea last year, having sustained a series of injuries and suffering from a lack of form.
The 29-year-old has played just three games this season and had only just returned to Zidane’s side following a calf injury with starts against Huesca and Inter Milan.
Real Madrid have confirmed Belgian star Eden Hazard has contracted coronavirus
The LaLiga champions also confirmed midfielder Casemiro had also contracted the virus
The news will come as a further blow to Zinedine Zidane ahead of their trip to Valencia
But he will now be forced to sit out the trip to Valencia on Sunday – along with Brazilian team-mate Casemiro – after contracting Covid-19.
‘Real Madrid C. F. would like to inform that our players Casemiro and Eden Hazard have tested positive in the Covid-19 tests carried out yesterday, Friday morning,’ a club statement read.
‘All the other players and the technical staff from the first team, as well as all the employees of the club who work directly with them, tested negative in that same test.
‘The club would like to confirm once again that everyone, with the exception of Casemiro and Hazard, tested negative in the antigen tests carried out that same morning.’
The news comes just six days after fellow Real Madrid star and centre-back Eder Militao returned a positive test for Covid-19, and he too will miss the game at Mestalla.
It comes just six days after Madrid centre-back Eder Militao also tested positive for the virus
Hazard is now in self-isolation and will miss the trip to Valencia on Sunday as his frustrations with Madrid continue
It also comes just hours after news that Hazard had been named in the Belgium squad for the forthcoming internationals despite limping off after 65 minutes during Madrid’s 3-2 victory against Inter on Tuesday.
It was confirmed the day after that he had sustained no significant damage and was duly called up by Roberto Martinez.
‘Eden has been very positive on his return, he has already played two games with Real Madrid and has had a very good feeling,’ Belgium boss Martinez said.
Hazard is the captain of Belgium’s national team – who will now face Switzerland, England and Iceland without him – after Vincent Kompany’s semi-retirement last year.
He had only just returned to the side following a calf injury and started against Huesca and Inter Milan within the last week
He was also called up by Belgium boss Roberto Martinez for the latest international fixtures
Hazard scored in the 4-1 win over Huesca last weekend, which ended a wait of 392 days without a goal and was just his second for the club since joining from Chelsea, for an initial £88million in 2019.
The 29-year-old’s only other goal for Los Blancos came in October last year with a delightful dink as they beat Granada 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But Hazard has faced much frustration since then, having missed 35 games through injury since his move while also bringing about the ire of Madrid chiefs by appearing to turn up to pre-season in September overweight.
Meanwhile, 28-year-old Casemiro has been crucial for Zidane too, having featured in all 10 games so far this season and scoring and assisting once, with both coming in the dramatic comeback against Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Champions League last week.
Hazard scored against Huesca, putting an end to a run of 392 days without scoring