Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ruled out playing Eden Hazard in Tuesday’s home Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool, saying he will not risk another injury setback for his club’s record signing.
The Belgian, ravaged by injuries since joining Real from Chelsea in 2019, returned to training on Friday ahead of schedule from his latest muscle problem but played no part in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Eibar.
“Hazard needs to stay calm and be patient, the most important thing is that he is completely recovered and I don’t think we’ll hurry his return,” Zidane told a news conference on Monday.
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“If the player is in good shape then I’ll want to play him but right now we’re going to take things slowly and see what happens.”
Hazard sustained two serious ankle injuries in his first season with Real, making…