Real Madrid announced the squad that will play the Champions League quarter-final first-leg match against Liverpool on Tuesday night.
And there is no place for the former Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
This despite the filming of the Belgian international and midfielder Fedi Valverde participating in training before facing Liverpool, which indicates that they will be in competition at least to form the line-up on match day.
But only one player is included in the 21-man squad, along with the likes of Karim Benzema, Isco and Thibaut Courtois, and it is not Hazard, who has suffered a nightmare due to injuries since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2019.
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Hoping to avoid a potential setback and possibly keep Hazard refreshed in the second leg next week, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made clear his decision.
“Eden should be calm,” he She said At a press conference on Monday, before the squad was announced. “We never risk a player coming back if he is not ready.
“We’ll do things little by little and see when he’s playing again. That’s the way it is at the moment.”
As a result of Hazard not being mentioned in the squad, he will miss a meeting with his former Chelsea team-mate Mohamed Salah.
The pair briefly played side by side when the latter was at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career and is well aware of the 30-year-old’s qualities – regardless of injury issues.
“They did [Real] He lost some great players, like Cristiano Ronaldo – the best in club history, someone who scored a lot of goals. ” Spanish publication Marca.
At the same time, they fell [Eden] Danger. Eden was unlucky, he was injured.
“I can’t pick one [main danger]Most of them are great players. Danger. I have a great relationship with him, he’s been very good at Chelsea, but he’s not so lucky at the moment. ”
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Injuries have prevented Hazard from giving his best for Real Madrid on a consistent basis.
Interesting in January, as I mentioned before Football EspanaIn a poll conducted by Marca, a large portion of the fans believe he should be excluded from the starting line-up or sold.
But with his physique again, there is still time for him to beat those fans and help Los Blancos beat Liverpool, if he plays any role next week it would be a good way to start.