Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has not completed a training session with the rest of the squad since picking up a foot injury during the second game against Paris Saint-Germain back in November and will be forced to missed the upcoming Spanish Supercup in Saudi Arabia.
It was thought that Hazard would recover in time for the past El Clasico against Barcelona, as he was initially diagnosed with a contusion. However, he kept being in pain and required a second scan which revealed a small foot fracture.
Zidane won’t rush Hazard back and it’s likely that he makes his return when there’s no risk of suffering a relapse which keeps him out of Madrid’s busy schedule in February.
Many players have replaced Hazard in Real Madrid’s starting XI, but Rodrygo and Isco in a 4-4-2 formation seem to be Zidane’s favorite option, although the team has recorded three straight draws with that system. The Frenchman will likely keep using the 4-4-2 formation when Hazard comes back, with the Belgian attacker playing alongside Karim Benzema and leading Madrid’s offensive line.
With his playmaking abilities, Real Madrid will have a much needed threat to their current system, given their current lack of creativity and finishing.