Eden Hazard has had a very unfortunate time at Santiago Bernabeu since joining Real Madrid in 2019. His time at the club has been marred by injuries and lack of form, with the attacker missing more games than he has played.
In terms of fitness, the Belgian had fared relatively better, having missed just two matches due to an ankle injury earlier this year. But as confirmed by the club, the forward has sustained yet another knock.
“After the tests carried out today on Eden Hazard by Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with patellar tendinosis in his left knee and is under observation,” Real Madrid said in a recent statement.
Following the official release, The Athletic journalist Mario Cortegana has come up with a detailed report on the health of the Real Madrid players, where it has been suggested that the attacker could miss up to two weeks due to his most recent knock.
The injury of Hazard further compounds Real Madrid’s issue with the lack of fitness of their star players lately. The club have indeed missed out on the services of the likes of David Alaba, Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vazquez in recent weeks.
Even in the recent win over Valencia, two of the Real Madrid stars Karim Benzema and Eder Militao picked up fresh knocks and have been subsequently ruled out in the upcoming contest against Mallorca on Sunday.
With Hazard also out, the attacking options are limited for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has a daunting task ahead of him, given the club’s tough fixture list.
Although the Belgian has not played a crucial role in the first-team this season, his experience, coupled with his attacking prowess might have been useful for the club, as they look to keep up with Barcelona at the top of the league table.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.