The injury woes continue to pile up for Real Madrid as Eden Hazard has become the latest casualty within the Spanish capital club.
According to Guillermo Rai of The Athletic, the Belgian winger missed the training session earlier today after twisting his ankle in a previous session. As a result, he is set to miss the upcoming game against Athletic Club on Sunday night.
Hazard joins an ever-growing injury list at the Santiago Bernabeu, which includes David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Carvajal, and Lucas Vazquez.
The 31-year-old former Chelsea ace is not a prominent part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the club and has not featured much in recent weeks for the reigning champions of Spain and Europe.
Indeed, Hazard has played just seven times across all competitions this season, managing a return of one goal and an assist in those appearances.
In fact, the 31-year-old has not appeared in a single La Liga game since September last year while he was not used in the two Spanish Super Cup matches as well as the Copa del Rey encounter against Villarreal earlier this week.
So, it would be fair to say that Hazard’s absence will not be felt a great deal by Real Madrid come Sunday’s game.
However, Carvajal not returning to training and Vazquez remaining sidelined means that Los Blancos will be without a natural right-back. It must be noted that Castilla youngster Vinicius Tobias also did not train with the first team today.
It could mean that Ancelotti will likely turn to Nacho or Eder Militao once again to occupy the right-back position against Athletic Club tomorrow.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.