Eden Hazard ‘may never play football again’ on back of ankle surgery

Real Madrid forward and Chelsea hero Eden Hazard has been told he may “never play football again” in his latest injury decline.

The Belgian, who made a €100m move to the Bernabeu after scoring 110 goals in 352 appearances for the Blues, has seen his career hit with fitness issues.

He has just returned from an 11th injury break since arriving last season, picking up a knock in January’s 2-1 defeat to Levante.

It has led to speculation that Hazard is demanding surgery on his ankle, which would be a third time under the knife.

But Dr Jose Gonzalez, who works for Madrid’s rivals Atletico, has warned the forward against another operation.

Speaking to Spanish outlet Ondacero, the medical expert said: “Hazard has to train with the team for up to 10 training sessions. In my experience it is difficult for him to return to playing at his level with Real Madrid this season.

“If a player returns after a long injury without having hardly trained, the most normal thing is that he is injured again.

“He has anxiety, he wants to show that he is worth and wants to give 100% and he is not there for that.”

Hazard’s injuries have limited him to just 36 appearances for Madrid since his arrival from Stamford Bridge.

And the Belgian has only scored four goals in that time, the last coming in a 4-1 win over Alaves at the start of 2021.

It saw manager Zinedine Zidane get forced to defend the decision to bring the World Cup 2018 third-place winner to the club.

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  • He said in January: “He needs to recover confidence, play a great game or score a goal, just to do something different.

    “We know what a great player he is and we need to be patient with him as he is working hard.

    “We are behind him and we must give him time. The fans want to see the best version of Eden so we must be patient. We're sticking with him and he really wants to step up.

    “But today it wasn't just Eden, we're all in this together.”

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