Real Madrid have confirmed that Eden Hazard is set to undergo surgery and could therefore be a doubt for next month’s Champions League clash with Chelsea. The reigning European champions welcome Los Blancos to Stamford Bridge on April 6 for the first leg of their quarter-final meeting.
Hazard was expected to be part of the travelling contingent for the game but could potentially be set to be restricted to the sidelines, with the Spanish giants confirming that he is set to go under the knife.
A written statement read: “Our player Eden Hazard will undergo surgery in the next few days to remove the osteosynthesis plate on his right fibula.”
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The news come amid growing rumours that Hazard could potentially have been set for a move back to Stamford Bridge. Reports have suggested that a return had already been explored before the sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich by the UK government following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Whether Chelsea choose to reignite their interest in the Blues icon once a new owner takes control of the club remains to be seen. Hazard still has just over two years left to run on his current contract in Spain having endured a frustrating time with Real Madrid since his big-money move from west London.
He has managed to score just six goals in the three seasons since, with a combination of inconsistent form and injury problems limiting his contributions. Hazard of course appeared against his former club last term in the Champions League, with Chelsea securing an aggregate victory over Real Madrid as they booked their place in the final against Manchester City.
With fans allowed back into stadiums this term though, there was hope that some supporters would be able to see the Belgian in action once more but the likelihood of that happening looks slim. Following the first-leg in west London, Chelsea are set to travel to Madrid just six days later where Thomas Tuchel will of course be hoping to lead his side to another victory over the Spanish side.