During Friday training with Real Madrid, Antonio Rüdiger obviously put a little too much intensity. Eden Hazard paid the price for a poorly controlled intervention by the German defender recruited this summer.
Real Madrid players will quickly learn to discover Antonio Rüdiger. If he has many other qualities, the German is above all renowned for his leadership, his impact in duels and his solidity in the air. A rough defender who always gives his all, even during a banal training.
Eden Hazard was able to realize this on Friday. During a “toro”, the Belgian with a fragile physique was the direct victim of the commitment a little too supported by his teammate. In wanting to recover the ball, the former soldier of Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea visibly slipped and poorly controlled his gesture. Result, his foot ended up right on the left ankle of Hazard, who let out a cry of pain before rolling on the ground.
The ex-Lillois was able to resume his place, limping, but he did not finish the session. Because of this tackle? The Madrid media rather evoked a muscular problem, which could call into question his participation in the friendly match scheduled against FC Barcelona on the night of Saturday to Sunday in Las Vegas (5 a.m. French time).
Arrived at Real in the summer of 2019 for five years and a check for 115 million euros from Chelsea, Hazard is regularly hampered by physical glitches, especially in the ankles. Last season he scored just one goal in 23 games in all competitions but still has hopes of getting back to his best, especially ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
“I had a good holiday and came back ready for pre-season. I want to show that I can play and that the team can also win with me. I want to give everything to succeed here,” he said. he recently stated. Under contract until 2024, he has no plans to change clubs this summer and Carlo Ancelotti has made it known that he is counting on him.