Real Madrid’s talisman Eden Hazard would not make it to the Belgian squad for September’s Euro 2020 qualifiers due to injury issues, according to Zinedine Zidane.
The former Chelsea forward suffered an injury on the eve of the new season and is yet to feature for the Los Blancos in the La Liga.
According to earlier reports, Hazard, who scored two goals in the Europa League final in Baku, was set to make his La Liga debut on Sunday against Villareal which looks unlikely now. The 28-year-old was also picked for Belgium’s upcoming fixtures against San Marino and Scotland.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wanted Hazard not to risk himself on international duty and use the break to recover from the injury he sustained.
The Frenchman was quoted saying:
“He can travel with the Belgium squad, he can be seen by the Belgian team doctor, but he’s not fit to play right now,” Zidane told a news conference.
“We know that he knows that and hope for the benefit of Belgium and everyone involved, he rests.”
Hazard is not the only player in the Madrid squad sidelined due to injury as Isco, Brahim Diaz, Rodrygo Goes James Rodriguez, and Marco Asensio all are unavailable.
Zidane, however, is not ready to believe that these injuries have something to do with Real Madrid’s training process and precautions to avoid such happenings.
“Injuries happen everywhere, at other clubs too. There are a lot of players who are out injured.”
“The doctors, physios and everyone who works with the players are doing their best to make sure the players return quickly from those injuries.”
Zidane would now be hoping for Hazard to make it back to the squad at the earliest as a lot depends on the Belgian and how he performs this season.