Real Madrid winger Eden Hazard will miss Sunday’s La Liga clash away at Granada after coming down with gastroenteritis, making it the latest setback of his Bernabeu career.
Los Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the news at a media conference on Saturday.
Ancelotti also admitted the Belgian, who joined Real from Chelsea for €100m in 2019 but is yet to justify his price tag thanks to a string of injuries, is not happy with his lack of minutes this season.
“He has gastroenteritis and is out for tomorrow,” the boss confirmed. “Hazard is like all the players who do not play much. He is not happy. It would bother me if he was happy at this moment.”
While this illness is his first real setback of this season in terms of his fitness, Hazard has had to make do with a bit-part role so far. He has appeared in ten of Real’s 12 La Liga games but has only started four of those and none since mid-September.
A string of muscle injuries, as well as a broken foot in his debut season in Spain, have limited Hazard to only 54 Real appearances and only five goals in just under two-and-a-half years.
For comparison’s sake, he managed 52 appearances and 21 goals in his final season at Chelsea.
Gareth Bale is also missing for the Granada game on Sunday. The 32-year-old hasn’t played for Real since August because a knee injury. But he was passed fit to represent Wales during the international break, only to suffer a calf problem that will rule him for another three weeks.
“They thought he could play and then he got injured,” Ancelotti explained.
“It may be that his evaluation was not correct. We want to get him back. We think he can be useful for the team. Hopefully he recovers soon.
“What I think is that Bale as a Welsh player is very fond of both his national team and Real Madrid.”