It has been a campaign to forget for Real Madrid’s 100 million euro signing. After seven hugely successful years at Chelsea, Hazard got the move his performances art Stamford Bridge so deserved but since arriving to much fanfare in the summer, not a lot has gone right for the Belgian.
Upon signing for Real, the winger suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of the start of the campaign and upon his return clearly lacked fitness – which is somewhat understandable.
So far in his debut campaign, Hazard has only notched up ten appearances in La Liga and five Champions League games scoring just league goal all season.
To make matters worse, Hazard succumbed to another injury setback in last week’s shock loss to Levante suffering a distal fibula fracture which looks likely to leave the 29-year-old on the sidelines for a lengthy spell once again.
Los Blancos could really do with Hazard back to his best having just suffered back to back defeats to Levante in La Liga and Manchester City in the Champions League and now they prepare to face rivals Barcelona in this Sunday’s El Clasico.
However, one man optimistic of seeing Hazard returning to action for Real this season is Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez.
Speaking to Cadena Ser radio, the former Everton boss said: “I’m confident that Eden will play for Madrid this season”
However, with the European Championships taking place this summer, Martinez will no doubt be concerned about his star man being absent.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane was sympathetic to Hazards woes too saying “What I see in his eyes, he is not happy”.
The club is yet to decide whether to send Hazard for surgery or not but one thing is abundantly clear, if we do see Hazard again this season, it won’t be for a while yet and we may not see him at all this summer.